Palm Sunday

Holy Week 2022

Maundy Thursday & Good Friday

There are two sung services during Holy Week  –  on Maundy Thursday at 7.30pm and at 1.30pm on Good Friday.

On Thursday, we remember the Last Supper on the night before Jesus died.  Jesus linked the Passover meal with his  coming death, and the bread and wine became symbolic of his body and blood.  Each time we share Holy Communion, we do this in remembrance of him.  We also re-enact Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet, traditionally the work of a servant, while the meal was being served, a sign that we too should serve each other.  The altars are stripped bare, signifying the stripping of Christ before the crucifixion, and we keep watch as the disciples were asked to do in the Garden of Gethsemane.

We welcome the Rt Revd Andrew Rumsey, Bishop of Ramsbury, as our preacher for the Good Friday service. This year’s service takes the form of a devotional sequence which will include the reading of the Passion according to St John, poetic reflections on the reading, and the beautiful first movement of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater dolorosa – the setting of Mary’s lament at the foot of the cross.  There will also be some times of silence for prayer and meditation.

Thursday 14th Maundy Thursday
7.30pm The Eucharist of the Last Supper with the Washing of Feet, the Stripping of the Altars
and the Watch of the Passion
Celebrant: The Revd Juliette Hulme
Communion Setting:  Grayston Ives
439i omit* Praise to the Holiest in the height
Psalm 116: 1, 10 – 17.
304  There is a green hill far away
During the washing of feet:  Ubi caritas et amor Ola Gjeilo
302  O thou who at thy Eucharist didst pray
Nolo mortem peccatoris Morley
305  Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast
307  Sweet sacrament divine
During the Stripping of Altars Psalm 22

Friday 15th Good Friday
1.30pm A Devotional Service for Good Friday
Led by the Revd Juliette Hulme.
Preacher: The Rt Revd Andrew Rumsey, Bishop of Ramsbury


86 omit v6. My song is love unknown
90 vs 1, 4, 5. O sacred head sore wounded
Stabat Mater dolorosa (first movement) Pergolesi
God so loved the world  Stainer
95  When I survey the wondrous cross