Holy Week and Easter at your Cathedral

Our Cathedral whānau invite us all to join them at our Cathedral for Holy Week and Easter worship, should we be in the capital city for the holiday.  

Since the earliest days of the faith as it spread far beyond Palestine, Christians have gathered for special acts of worship in Holy Week. Together we recall through prayer, scripture, music and symbol, the last week of Jesus’ life, his suffering, death and resurrection.

Palm Sunday Sunday 14th April

8am Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel with a dramatised reading of the Passion Gospel according to Luke.

10am Choral Eucharist sung by the Cathedral Choir and Choristers. With a procession featuring Chippy the donkey. Dramatised reading of the Passion Gospel according to Luke.

5pm Stations of the Cross – we journey through the 15 “Stations of the Cross,” from Jesus’ condemnation to death, along the “Way of Sorrows” to His cross and tomb. The service includes scripture readings, meditations, music and prayers, with each station depicted in art, on a screen. Anthems sung by the Cathedral Choir.

Holy Week: Monday 15th -Thursday 18th April
  • 7.30am and 12.15pm Said Eucharist in the Lady Chapel
  • 8.15am Morning Prayer
  • 5.15pm Evening Prayer
Monday 15th April: Diocesan Chrism Eucharist

7pm: All are invited to gather as the baptised people of God to recommit ourselves to the calling God has placed on our lives and to reaffirm our baptism and ordination vows, and and our place together in God’s Church. Oils are blessed for the anointing of the sick and dying and of those who commit themselves to Christ through baptism, confirmation and ordination.  Prayer and anointing is available during Communion.  Celebrant: The Rt Rev Dr Eleanor Sanderson, Assistant Bishop of Wellington. Preacher: The Rt Rev Justin Duckworth, Bishop of Wellington.  Sung by the Cathedral Choir.

Maundy Thursday 18th April

7.30pm Eucharist of the Last Supper with the Washing of Feet and Stripping of the Sanctuary sung by the Cathedral Choir and Choristers.
An atmospheric service, recounting Jesus’ command to his disciples to “love one another as I have loved you” after he washes their feet and shares the Last Supper with them. All who worship are invited to have their feet washed. The service concludes with the symbolic stripping of the sanctuary and a procession out in the gathering darkness.

Good Friday 19th April

10am Good Friday Liturgy: Service of Shadows
A deeply moving and powerful act of worship at the foot of the Cross, sung by the Cathedral Choir, with meditations, scripture readings and prayers.

2pm Family Service
We explore together the last days of Jesus’ life, in an interactive act of worship, finishing together at the foot of the cross.

Easter Sunday 21st April

6:30am Easter Vigil, Lighting of the Easter Fire and Eucharist, followed by Breakfast. Preacher: Dean of Wellington, the Very Rev David Rowe
At sunrise, we experience the first service of Easter, beginning outside the Cathedral with the kindling of the ‘new fire’ and lighting of the Easter candle, which we follow into the darkened building. We light our candles from the Easter candle and the Exsultet, the ancient hymn of praise, is sung. We welcome the resurrection of Jesus noisily (bring a bell or party popper!), and we renew our baptismal vows. After the Eucharist all are invited to enjoy breakfast.

10am Festal Choral Eucharist sung by the Cathedral Choir. Preacher: The Rt Rev Dr Eleanor Sanderson, Assistant Bishop of Wellington
A joyful celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. An Easter egg hunt for children follows the service.

5pm Festal Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir. Preacher: The Rev Dr Joe McGarry.