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Lent 2020

Easter Services

We have become ‘a different sort of church’ in ways we couldn’t have imagined several weeks ago. While worship in our churches is suspended, our joy in the resurrection is not to be silenced.  



National Services

Two will be broadcast from the Church of England’s Facebook page:
Palm Sunday at 9.00am led by the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, and the Archdeacon of Manchester, the Ven Karen Lund with Lucy Hargraves from St Peter’s Church in Bolton leading prayers, all from their own homes.
Easter Day service (time tbc) will be led by Archbishop of Canterbury with Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, and a layperson leading the prayers. This service will be repeated from 8.10am on BBC Radio 4.  The Archbishop of Canterbury will also be on the Andrew Marr Show.

Services throughout our diocese

Bishop Martin will feature on Radio Suffolk on Easter Sunday at around 7.00am.  The Morning Prayer each day comes from the Bishops' facebook page as usual:

Services for Holy Week led by the Bishops and the Cathedral, livestreamed from the Cathedral facebook page: 
Palm Sunday
10.00am – Eucharist for Palm Sunday
3.30pm - Evening Prayer led by The Dean

Monday – Wednesday of Holy Week
8.30am – Morning Prayer from the Bishop’s Oratory 
12.00 noon – Daily Eucharist
7.00pm -  Compline with Holy Week addresses given by Bishop Mike
Maundy Thursday
8.30am – Morning Prayer from the Bishop’s Oratory
11.00am – Diocesan Service of Renewal of Commitment to Ministry led by Bishop Martin
5.00pm – Evening Prayer
7.00pm – Maundy Thursday Liturgy led by Bishop Mike
Good Friday
8.30am – Morning Prayer from the Bishop’s Oratory
12.00noon – Good Friday Liturgy with addresses given by Bishop Mike
5.00pm –  The Cathedral will be hosting a  'virtual' "Come and Sing" of the Stainer Crucifixion. 
Easter Sunday
Dawn Vigil and Eucharist from the Bishop’s Oratory
10.00am – Eucharist for Easter Day
3.30pm – Evening Prayer
Please log into to find a broadcasted service from your local area.

Lightwave Easter Services
Palm Sunday 9.15 and 10.30 Zoom Family Worship
Good Friday 10.00am Zoom How to make an Easter Garden
Easter Day 9.15 and 10.30am Zoom Interactive Family Worship.

To receive the access codes to these Zoom services please contact Archdeacon Sally by email:

Lightwave Tenebrae
.00pm Good Friday
Live Streamed to the Lightwave Suffolk Facebook Page

Tenebrae means shadows. At the end of Good Friday, we join the disciples in heart and mind as they turn over in their minds the events of the very first Good Friday and grieve, not yet knowing how the story will end. In this poignant service, nine candles are lit and extinguished one by one as we meditate on the events of that day – the last candle speaks of hope as we wait for the breaking of the dawn, “The Light shines on in the darkness… and the darkness has never put it out.”  


Live Lent

The Church of England’s national digital team have just launched details of the 2020 Lent and Easter campaigns.   The following resources should help your church mark these important seasons in the Church calendar:


  • Care of God's Creation two booklets one for Adults and one for Children.
  • Saying Yes to Life - the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2020, Dr Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation in Genesis 1 to lift our focus from everyday concerns to issues that are affecting millions of lives around the world.

  • Other free resources are available from the Church of England website along with the opportunity to sign up to daily reflections here.

The Revd Cannon Sandie Barton has produced a Lent Study Notes to support 'Saying Yes to Life' please download a copy here.


Bishops' Lent Appeal

Please visit this page to find out about the Bishops' Environment Appeal.


Further resources

The Living Faith in Suffolk Lent courses are free to download here:

Living Lent 1 | PDF - a five session course for small groups looking at traditional themes of Lent

Living Lent 2: Who is this Jesus? | PDF - daily reflections from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day

Living Lent with Mark | PDF - a six session course for use by individuals or groups reflecting on the Passion narrative in Mark's Gospel.