Easter and Holy Week

While we may not be able togather together in our various places of worship, people are preparing all kinds of means by which the season of Easter may still be observed with devotion and joy.

As we consider, individually and in our dispersed communities, how we might journey through this season, there are a range of resources available from a variety of sources. 

Things we can do both online and offline.

Palm Sunday

People across the Diocese joined our Virtual Palm Sunday procession, by taking a selfie of themselves with a home-made palm cross and sharing it on social media -  #PalmCrossSelfie

Holy Week and Easter

The Church of England nationally has pulled together lots of information and ideas on how to mark Holy Week and Easter. This includes material and guidance appropriate to different ecclesial traditions, and also points to services which will be broadcast. 

On social media, there will also be daily reflections from the Archbishop of Canterbury and a Stations of the Cross podcast series and short films.


Rochester Cathedral has recorded acts of worship for Monday to Wednesday of Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter Morning.  These will be available at www.rochestercathedral.org/worship-online and include music, readings, prayers and reflections. 

Service sheets are also available to download for use alongside the recordings or on their own.  You can use these at any time on the relevant day.


Bishop James will be sharing an Easter Day message as well. This will be available on all Diocesan channels including, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and the website.


Take up the Cross Challenge: The Diocesan Children and Young People team are inviting us to Take Up the Cross and flood the Diocese with crosses in Holy Week and across Easter week.  There are various ways to join in, your could make an Origami cross, colour a cross even a Lego cross? They have come up with lots of craft ideas with some 'how to guides'.

Then place your cross in your window and on social - again don't forget to tag us and use the hashtag #TakeUpTheCross


Churches Together in England is promoting ‘Sing Resurrection on Easter Day’ – details at .  This is an invitation to people across the country to sing two Easter hymns from our doorsteps or windows at 10am on Easter Morning.


Drama resources: We are blessed to have so many creative people within the Diocese who have been willing to share their materials with us as follows:

  • In the Shadow of The Cross - a short film for Good Friday This short film includes four short stories from the points of view of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, A Roman Soldier, Mary Magdalene a;nd Caiaphas, the Chief Priest.  It has been used for meditation services in Holy Week. To watch and download visit: https://vimeo.com/154414528. Discussion material here
  • The Rule Breaker - when the end is just the beginning  - A community film project with David Doré, from Silk Purse Films, Derek Goodwin, and Chris Tizzard, and a host of local acting talent.  A script written by Rev Mandy Carr. The stories are designed to be enjoyed as a feature film or as separate stories and there are studies to go with each story and questions written by Bishop Simon Burton-Jones. To watch: https://vimeo.com/77829018


Your live stream services: Don't forget, if you are going online or live this Easter, then make sure you add your services to you A Church Near You page. Use the tag 'live stream' or recorded event. If you need some service ideas, then then this blog from Ingniter:Blog has some free to use ideas (Thanks to St. Justus, Strood for sourcing and sharing).


Maundy Thursday

Renewal of Ministerial Commitment. We will be sharing a service of rededication ‘as live’ at 10.30am on Maundy Thursday – on the Diocesan Facebook page

This will be opportunity for us all to recommit ourselves to God and our various ministries, whether they be ordained or lay.

All are welcome to take part  - the service will also be available to view again on our Youtube channel.

A downloadable service sheet is available here.

Maundy Thursday Agape - on the evening of Maundy Thursday, some may wish to consider some form of Agape meal, which could be shared on (for example) Zoom.  Read a letter from Bishop James explaining further this idea.


If you have any other ideas for Holy Week and Easter, please do get in touch with communications@rochester.anglican.org


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