Lent, Holy Week & Easter • 2022

Journey with us through Lent and Holy Week as we follow Jesus’ path to his death on the cross and his glorious resurrection on Easter Day.

Lent, Holy Week and Easter include some of the most important dates in the Christian calendar. We follow the story of Jesus’s life, how he faced suffering and death, and inspired many to believe and live a new way of life. St Paul’s Cathedral will be bringing the opportunity to follow this holy season, with our regular services both in the Cathedral and online. 

All our services and events are held in accordance with the latest COVID-19 guidance. Click here to read our COVID-19 Information here.

Many of our Lent, Holy Week & Easter services will be available to watch live on the Cathedral website and via our Social Media Channels. Click here to access our Online Worship Page.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 2 March
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and invites us to observe Lent as a holy season. As we journey through Lent to Jerusalem and the cross, we are called to be Jesus’ disciples ever more closely. Ash Wednesday invites us to cast off whatever hinders us, to experience refreshment of faith and the joy of the resurrection.

12.15pm • Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
Preacher: The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne

6.00pm • Choral Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
Preacher: The Most Revd Dr Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne

Lent Sermon Series

Sunday mornings 6, 13, 20, 27 March & 3 April
At our confirmation, the Bishop led us in making public affirmation of baptism and asks the question: “Will you each, by God’s grace, strive to live your whole life as a disciple of Christ, loving God with all your heart, and your neighbour as yourself?” and we answer: “I will, with God’s help.”

Then the Minister prays for us: “Merciful God, deliver them from all evil that they may walk in the way of truth and life. Open their hearts by the Holy Spirit to your grace and truth. Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church. Send them into the world to witness to your love and justice. Bring them and us all into the fullness of your peace and glory.”

And so begins a daily claiming and re-discovering our walk with God as Christ’s disciple. Through the five weeks of Lent we will look at living out this life of discipleship through

  • Proclaiming the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
  • Living among God’s faithful people,
  • Serving all people, following the example of Jesus,
  • Hearing the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper,
  • Striving for justice and peace in all the earth

Each sermon will be paired with a discussion group to delve deeper into the topic of the week. Two groups will meet each Sunday, one at 9am and another at 11.15am. All are welcome to join.

Further details about joining our Lent Study can be found here.

Mother’s Union Lady Day Service

Sunday 27 March • 4pm
Annual Service for members of the Mother’s Union, commemorating the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Preacher: The Right Revd Genieve Blackwell, Assistant Bishop

Palm Sunday, Holy Week & Easter Services

Since the earliest days in the life of the church, people have marked the events of each day, following Jesus from his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem on the day that we call Palm Sunday, through to the momentous events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the sheer desolation of Holy Saturday and the joy of Easter Day.

Palm Sunday • 10 April

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
Preacher: The Revd Canon Christopher Carolane

10.00am Choral Eucharist & Procession of Palms
Procession of Palms marking the triumpral entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and dramatic reading of the St Mark’s Passion Gospel.
Preacher: The Revd Canon Christopher Carolane

1.00pm Mandarin Eucharist
Palm Sunday Service with communion, led in Mandarin Language

4.00pm Choral Evensong
Preacher: The Ven. Ray McInnes

Holy Tuesday • 12 April

11.00am Diocesan Chrism Eucharist & Renewal of Ministry Vows

5.10pm Choral Evensong


12.15pm Holy Communion & Address

1.00pm Holy Week Lunchtime Concert


6.00pm Choral Eucharist
An evocative service remembering the Last Supper at which Jesus washed the feet of his friends, followed by a silent vigil of prayer
Preacher: The Revd Canon Prof. Dorothy Lee FAHA
Frank Woods Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Trinity College

No 5.10pm Evensong this Day

Good Friday • 15 April

9.00am Good Friday Liturgy
A solemn telling of the Passion story in music and commemoration of the death of Jesus on the Cross with an opportunity for personal prayers under the Cross
Preacher: The Archbishop of Melbourne

1.30pm Stainer’s Crucifixion (Liturgical Performance)
A telling of the Passion story through the music of John Stainer, performed by the Cathedral Choir. Free admission: a donation of $25 per person will help cover the costs of this Good Friday tradition – tickets are not required.
Preacher: The Revd Kirsty Brown, Acting Precentor

Easter Day • 17 April

6.30am Easter Vigil & Eucharist
A dramatic dawn service from darkness to light, with the lighting of the new fire and Easter candle, and celebration of the first Eucharist of Easter
Preacher: The Dean

10.00am Easter Day Choral Eucharist
Celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead in word and sacrament. Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
Preacher: The Archbishop of Melbourne

1.00pm Mandarin Eucharist
Celebration of Christ’s resurrection in Mandarin

4.00pm Festive Choral Evensong
Preacher: The Revd Kirsty Brown, Acting Precentor