2 April at 5.30pm
Evensong Good Friday
Evensong on Good Friday is necessarily sparse. The altar remains bare; the choir and clergy are without white surplice; no candles are lit; there is little ceremony. This is a day of sorrow, lament and darkness. The familiar canticles of daily Evensong, the Magnificat (Song of Mary) and Nunc dimittis (Song of Simeon), are sung without aconcluding Gloria Patri. Few words are used in the intercessions, for in silence we wait on God. In the desolation of Christ’s passion and death for our sins and now his lying in the tomb, we reflect on the words of the creed: ‘He descended into hell’. Please note that there will be no introduction or announcements during this service.
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Because of the continued risk from COVID-19 and the continuing restrictions, services will be different in some ways from what you may be used to; all services will be held in the nave, and numbers will be restricted.
We have introduced a booking system to help us manage attendance and keep everyone safe. If you would like to attend this service, please book a place using the form below. Or, alternatively, please call the Vergers’ Office on 01636 817290 and leave a message to book your place. Please note – You may only reserve up to four places when booking online for this service. Please call the Vergers’ Office on 01636 817290 if you require more places. If booking by phone, please do so before midday to allow sufficient time to process your booking.
The wearing of face coverings is now mandatory in all places of worship, so please bring a mask or other face covering with you unless you have a valid medical reason for not wearing one.
Booking closes as midday on the day of the Evensong service.