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Lent, Holy Week and Easter at St Paul's Cathedral

06 March - 21 April
Organized by: St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral

Ash Wednesday invites us to begin the observance of a holy Lent, receiving the imposition of ashes as a sign of penitence and symbol of our mortality. Following the example of Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, the traditional Lenten disciplines of self-examination and penitence bring us the opportunity to see ourselves honestly: looking at how we want to spend our lives – not drifting through, but actively deciding how we want to live and thrive.


Many people give something up for Lent, something that’s a daily habit – from coffee to Twitter. Not reaching for what we do habitually or taking on a new discipline of prayer or study helps us to re-focus our attention towards God. 

In Holy Week, the tone of the season intensifies as we travel with Jesus in his last days – from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, to the last supper with the disciples and his commandment that they should love one another, to his betrayal, suffering and death.


But death is not the end, and as the Easter Vigil begins we gather in darkness, marking the end of the emptiness of Holy Saturday, and leading into the celebration of Christ’s resurrection and the dawning of a new world in which love triumphs over death.


Whoever you are, and whatever you believe, you are welcome to join us and experience Lent and Easter through words, silence, and music at one of our services listed here.