Holy Week and Easter 2019

This Holy Week and Easter, all you need is love – and to know what’s going on here at St John’s.  Luckily, you don’t need to spend a hard day’s night understanding it, or turn yourself into a paperback writer scribbling it into your diary. 

Just download this handy guide: Holy Week and Easter 2019 or read on.
You’ll get by, with a little help from this webpage…


Palm Sunday – 14th April

10:00 am  Parish Mass with blessing and procession of palms
Starting in the church hall



Fig Monday – 15th April
6:30 pm Prayers before the Blessed Sacrament
A short, informal service
including silence, prayer and time for reflection

Temple Tuesday – 16th April
6:30 pm Healing Service
A short, informal service
including anointing with holy oil for those who wish

Spy Wednesday – 17th April
6:30 pm Sung Mass
A reflective Mass by candlelight,
sung to simple plainchant.



Maundy Thursday – 18th April

6:30 pm  Sung Mass with footwashing and procession of the Blessed Sacrament
A traditional service, in which we recall the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper.
The service lasts about an hour.
The Church will remain open until 9:30 pm for silent prayer and reflection.

9:30 pm Tenebrae
A said service of psalms and scripture readings,
reflecting on Jesus’s hours in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The service lasts half an hour.
It begins in candlelight and ends in complete darkness –
you may want to bring a torch!


Good Friday – 19th April

3:00 pm  Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

A traditional and sombre service,
including veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion.
The service lasts about an hour.


Holy Saturday – 20th April

11:00 am  Morning Prayer
A simple service in the church hall,
lasting about 15 minutes
and featuring readings and prayers
and a bit of plainchant singing.
The Church itself will be closed today.



Easter Sunday – 21st April

4:45 am  Paschal Vigil
Yes, you read that right – it’s quarter to five in the morning.
But it’s worth getting up for:
candles, water, rejoicing, the first Mass of Easter, and a full English breakfast afterwards.

10:00 am  Parish Mass
An all-age, family-friendly service to celebrate Easter.
Of course there will be chocolate.