Holy Week is the most important week of the year.
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This is Holy Week

These days leading up to Easter Day are the most important of the year.

Dear <<First Name>>,

Holy Week is the single most important week of the Christian year. Now the time of our salvation is at hand, and that means that this really is the most important week of our lives as Christians. So I invite you to take part in the services that lead up to Easter. It really is a time for a new start, a time to let go of the past and embrace a brand new future with the risen Jesus, who rose from the dead to bring abundant new life to you and me and all creation. This is our chance to follow Jesus right to the cross, and then to the empty tomb, and to literally have our feet washed along the way. Please come and join in!

The summit of the Church year is the Easter Triduum, these great three days from the evening of Maundy Thursday to the eve of Easter Day. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day. They unfold for us the unity of Christ's Paschal, or Easter, mystery: Jesus’s Passion, death and resurrection. With Jesus’s disciples, we enter the upper room to celebrate the Passover. We accompany Jesus to keep a vigil watch at his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. We follow him through the halls of judgment to his bitter Passion, journeying with Jesus on his way of sorrow to Calvary where he will die on a cross. We assist at his burial in the rock tomb. Then we wait in solemn vigil until he rises again, in our human flesh, glorious and immortal. This is the Easter Triduum.

So this is simply the most important time of year for Christians, and a great time to come to a service if perhaps you haven't been for a while. We meet on Maundy Thursday at 8.00pm, Good Friday at 2pm, and then Easter Eve at 7.30pm.

Easter Eve is the most vivid service of the whole year. It begins outside with the lighting of the new Easter fire and finishes with a Champagne reception! Then on Easter Day at 9.30am we'll be celebrating with great joy at our Family Festival Eucharist! Children are very welcome at every service. Please come and join in.

If you will be away from Prestwood over Holy Week and Easter, just type your postcode into A Church Near You to find services near where you are. Don't miss Easter: please come and join in!

May God give us grace to enter deeply into the mystery of Christ's suffering and love for us, and help us to celebrate Easter with joy beyond joy!

With every blessing,


Service of Wholeness and Healing. Monday 7.30pm. Join us for a special Eucharist of Healing and Wholeness to begin Holy Week.
Stations of the Cross. Tuesday, 7.30pm. This moving service recreates the drama of Holy Week as we walk in Jesus’ footsteps.

Maundy Thursday 8.00pm

Sung Eucharist and Stripping of the Altars
In this moving service we commemorate the Last Supper, which Jesus instituted on this night and asked us to do in remembrance of him. We then strip the altars and prepare the altar of repose for the vigil.  We will be joined by a choir and there will be some lovely choral music to accompany this service.

Maundy Thursday 9.00pm

The Blessed Sacrament is placed on the altar of repose, and you are invited to sit and pray for as long or as little a time as you wish. The church is in darkness, except for the light of many candles surrounding the Sacrament. We watch and pray as Jesus asked his disciples to do on this night.

Good Friday 2.00pm

We meet before the cross to commemorate Jesus’ great sacrifice, using the words of the Reproaches and the Veneration of the Cross in the ancient liturgy of the Church.

Easter Eve 7.30pm

First Mass of Easter
The Great Easter Celebration begins with the kindling of the Easter Fire and the Service of Light, followed by the first mass of Easter. This service is followed by a Champagne Reception to celebrate Easter.

Easter Day 9.30am

Family Festival Eucharist
Our Easter Day celebration for all the family, including the Blessing of the Easter Garden and Easter Treasure hunt!
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