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Easter Celebrations 2011

by Michael Ford last modified 19 Apr, 2011 02:47 PM

Holy Week and the run up to Easter will be marked by a number of events in and around Salisbury, Wiltshire and Dorset, celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Easter Celebrations 2011

Easter in the Diocese of Salisbury

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, will be presiding and preaching on Maundy Thursday morning at the Chrism Eucharist in Salisbury Cathedral at 11am, when all the clergy of the Diocese renew the vows taken at their ordination. He will also lead a three-hour devotion on Good Friday at Wimborne Minster from 12noon till 3pm.

The Archbishop’s Delegate for the Diocese of Salisbury, Dr Christopher Herbert, will be presiding at the Dawn Easter Liturgy in Salisbury at 5am, when the Easter Fire will be lit in the darkness outside before the dawn is greeted.

22 candidates from across the Diocese will be confirmed during the service. Bishop Herbert will also preside at the main Cathedral service of the day at 10am, which will be televised live by the BBC. The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Reverend June Osborne, will preach.

Salisbury Cathedral will also host the recording of 2 editions of ‘Songs of Praise’ on Easter Monday.

There will be a Passover Supper at Radnor Hall Bodenham, on Thursday 21 April (6pm). The family event, commemorating the first night of the Passover festival, has been organised by parishes in the Chalke Valley. The Passover meal is the ‘Last Supper’ that was celebrated by Jesus and his disciples.

Stainer’s Crucifixion will be sung by the St John Singers at St Laurence Church, Downton on Good Friday 22 April (7pm).

There will be a Benefice Service at St Laurence’s Hilmarton on Saturday 23 April (9pm), billed as a ‘service of light’. Guests are asked to bring “a small torch and something to make a joyful noise”.



Further information contact
Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator
01722 438651,

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