Lent, Holy Week & Easter • 2021

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 17th Feb

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.

A recording of our Live-streamed Ash Wednesday Sung Eucharist is available to watch here: https://youtu.be/DeZgiZebmHA

Lent Sermon Series

Sundays in Lent at 8am & 10am • In Person & Online

In the weeks of Lent, we will be reflecting as a Cathedral on what gives us direction in the times of great change we are experiencing at the moment. What is it that gives certainty to the hopes we formulate at the beginning of a New Year? What is it that gives shape to the resolutions we take?

In this year’s Lent sermon series, we hear from the members of the ministry about what it is that gives shape to our faith.
We will be reflecting on six themes together:

Words to live by (21 Feb) – The Revd Canon Dr Bob Derrenbacker, Cathedral Canon & Dean of Trinity Theological College.
Words to worship (28 Feb) – The Revd Canon Christopher Carolane, Associate Priest.
Words to grow (7 Mar) – The Revd Jane Window, Interim Cathedral Pastor.
Words to work by (14 Mar) – The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Words to pray by (21 Mar) – The Revd Canon Robert Vun, Canon Missioner.
Words to navigate the world (28 Mar) – The Ven. Canon Heather Patacca, Precentor & Archdeacon of Melbourne.

Our reflections are intended to help provide compass points by which we may navigate the uncharted waters of the New Year, with all its challenges and opportunities. Other materials will be available online to support this series here.

Holy Week & Easter Services

This Holy Week and Easter join us in the Resurrection Journey: From the Cross to New Life.

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 • 28 March

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
Preacher: The Ven. Canon Heather Patacca

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 Ven. Canon Heather Patacca

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

Services on Palm Sunday will also be livestream via Facebook & Youtube.

Holy Week

Tuesday30 March
11am Diocesan Chrism Eucharist & Renewal of Ministry Vows
No in-person Choral Evensong . Join us online for the Diocesan Lady Day Service.

Wednesday • 31 March
12.15pm Holy Eucharist & Address

Maundy Thursday • 1 April

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

Join the livestream of the service here

Good Friday • 2 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 opportunity for personal prayers under the Cross

Join the livestream of the service here

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

Advance bookings will be required. Click the link below to book.

Easter Day • 4 April

6.30am Easter Vigil & Eucharist with Baptism and Confirmation
A dramatic dawn service from darkness to light, with lighting of the new fire and Easter candle, Baptism and Confirmation and first Eucharist of Easter

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

Join the livestream of the service here

Advance bookings will be required. Click the link below to book.