Resources for worship: Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week

John Bell: The Consequences of Being Human

John Bell's talks for Holy Week will appear here through the week. Click on the image below to read, or you can listen to the talks as a podcast.  

JB Consequences   JB Pain   JB Religion   JB Women

Compline for Passiontide
Compline (Night Prayer) for Passiontide is led by the Canon Precentor and sung by the Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir. Click below to listen and here to follow the order of service. 

Listen to Music for Passiontide sung by the Cathedral Choir. 

The Passion Gospel tells the story of the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. This year eighteen different cathedrals – including Derby (listen out for Canon Richard!) – have collaborated to record it. You can find it here or on the Cathedral’s Facebook page. The text is from the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 26.36 to chapter 27.61.


Maundy Thursday

Resources and ideas for Maundy Thursday at Home - all the details of what's happening today, with ideas for how you can mark the day and explore what it means: washing, singing, reflecting, even baking.

A Hymn Sing Along will be live-streamed from the Director of Music's House at 11.00am on Thursday 9th April. Join Alexander Binns live from home as he leads a Hymn Sing Along session with your favourite Passiontide hymns including 'When I survey the wondrous cross' and 'The servant King'. The words of the hymns can be found here.

Eucharist for Maundy Thursday will be live-streamed from the Canons' Houses at 6.30 pm on Thursday 9th April. You can watch it here on the Cathedral’s Facebook page. The address, by John Bell, will be available here on Thursday. 

Maundy Thursday Order of Service

A recipe for flatbread for Maundy Thursday


Good Friday

 Resources and ideas for Good Friday at Home - ideas for how you can mark the day with prayerful reflection and activities.

John Bell's talks for Good Friday are on the Five Last Words from the Crowd.

There is no livestreamed service on Good Friday. Good Friday at Home has suggestions for how to pray at home, using John Bell's talks and the Reproaches, and Concluding Worship gives an order of service for the end of your prayers. There are two moments in the day when everyone is invited to pray together, wherever you are, marking the traditional beginning and end of the Three Hours on the Cross:
at 12 noon we say the Lord's Prayer
and at 3.00 pm we say 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom'.

Listen to The Reproaches, the antiphon and verses which are a traditional part of the prayers on Good Friday. The words are here and an audio version has been recorded by the Canon Precentor, the Revd Richard Andrews, and his wife Alison. You can listen to the recording and join in with the parts printed in bold type.

The Reproaches audio

Concluding Worship for Good Friday


More Resources for Holy Week at Home

Resources for children and families

Holy Week resources for all ages from the Diocese of Derby

Easter activities for young people from Derby Cathedral School

The Visual Commentary on Scripture is offering a daily reflection during Holy Week, focusing on three artworks every day. 

Watch a Procession of Palms around the whole Diocese of Derby here.

Palm Sunday Evening Devotion
A service of readings and prayers for the beginning of Holy Week. Live streamed at 6pm on Sunday 5th April. You can watch it here on the Cathedral’s Facebook page.

palm cross thumbnailA Palm Cross to print out - click on the image

palm sunday thumbnail A Palm Sunday drawing to colour in - click on the image

The Cathedral Eucharist for Palm Sunday
A simple Eucharist was live-streamed from the Canons' Houses at 10.45 am on Sunday 5th April. You can watch it here on the Cathedral’s Facebook page

You can use the Palm Sunday Order of Service alongside the livestream, or separately as a service of readings and prayers.

The Palm Sunday Sermon is by the Revd Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Acting Dean. Click the link to read, or click below to listen. 


Cathedral Worship during the Coronavirus lockdown
There are no services in the Cathedral, and the Cathedral building is closed.

Cathedral Worship continues online, with livestreamed services and online resources. Resources for Sunday are above. 

Listen to the Cathedral's bells.

Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer is being streamed live from the Clergy’s houses at 8.30 am from Monday to Friday . You can find this on the Cathedral’s Facebook page.
The order of service can be followed here or on the free Daily Prayer app for Android/iOs phones. 

Daily Prayer
Click here for an order of service for a short simple Daily Prayer during Passiontide.

More Resources

Follow the Cathedral on Twitter or Facebook (@DerbyCathedral) and you’ll find prayers as well as news of what's going on. 

Sign up for The Flag, the Cathedral's email newsletter, for news and resources in your inbox every Friday.

Derby Cathedral Flag 3rd April 2020

The Cathedral's sermon archive is here, with lots of talks and other articles to browse.

The Church of England has worship you can watch and prayer resources. The Diocese of Derby has news and resources from around the Diocese.

BBC Radio broadcasts a Daily Service and Sunday Worship. Search for them on BBC Sounds on your computer or use the BBC Sounds smartphone app. You can even listen on the radio – but you need LW for the Daily Service, at 9.45 am every weekday. Sunday Worship is at 8.10 am on FM. If you have a digital radio (DAB) you should be able to get both.

BBC Radio 3 also broadcasts a service of Choral Evensong from different cathedrals and churches around the country at 3.30 pm every Wednesday, repeated at 3.00 pm the following Sunday.

If you have suggestions for more resources and links for worship and prayer, let us know!

Compline in Eastertide

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