Holy Week and Easter

Here is a summary of events in the diocese and Lichfield Cathedral for Holy Week and Easter 2020. Links will be updated as details are confirmed.

Fuller description of the thinking and invitations can be found in Bishop Michael's Ad Clerum of 1 April. This section also contains pages of further resources of use to families and youth, and ministers.

The national Church of England site explains how we can adapt to meet the challenges of Coronavirus and supports that with an excellent page of ideas and resources for this week which has been coordinated by Bishop Michael.

Maundy Thursday

The usual service of Chrism cannot take place, however ministers are invited to take part in the Renewal of ordination vows or ministerial commitment.

It will also include a welcome to Bishop Jan McFarlane who this week takes up her new role as Residentiary Canon (House for Duty) at Lichfield cathedral

Good Friday

The 1pm Prayer on our Facebook page will take the form of a 15-minute meditation called 'Way To The Cross' by Bishop Michael. It will also be on our website here.

Easter Day

Whether or not you are able to join him at this early hour, he encourages everyone at some point on Easter morning to light a candle and say the Paschal candle prayer which is also on the card he recently sent to all clergy and licensed ministers:

Jesus Christ yesterday and today,
the beginning and the end,
Alpha and Omega,
all time belongs to him,
and all ages;
to him be glory and power,
through every age and for ever.

By the Cathedral

Palm Sunday

  • 08.00am online - Eucharist (traditional language)
  • 10.30am online - Eucharist for Palm Sunday


  • 08.00am - Morning Prayer,
  • 12.30pm - Eucharist and
  • 5.30pm -Evening Prayer

- all live on Facebook. This page also provides links to orders of service.

Renewal of Commitment to Ministry - Maundy Thursday

Sunrise Easter Vigil
Worship at dawn on Easter Day

Good Friday - the Way to the Cross
A meditation with Bishop Michael