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Shakespeare in Holy Week services

Shakespeare in Holy Week services

William Shakespeare is to have a part in three special Holy Week services at Canterbury Cathedral.

April this year marks the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death and a passage from one of his plays is to be read at each of the three services.

The services, described as a time to reflect on the events of Holy Week, will each have a theme – Monday (21 March 2016) will be betrayal; Tuesday (22 March 2016) will be humiliation and on Wednesday (23 March 2016) the theme will be death.

Passiontide music will be sung by the Cathedral Choir and there will be a reading from the account of the Passion of Christ in St Luke’s Gospel and prayers.

All are welcome to attend the services in the Quire starting at 7.30pm.

A two-course meal is due to be served from 6pm in the Cathedral Lodge and may be particular helpful for those attending these services as well as the Maundy Thursday Eucharist when there will be the washing of feet, stripping of the altars and procession to the Crypt for the vigil. If you have a meal you will be offered a reserved seat in the Cathedral.  Meals should be booked by Wednesday 16 March. For more information see the Lodge website here.

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