Choral Evensong

Occuring
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at for 1 hour
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

This Service, with its resonant and beautiful words, typifies the English Cathedral tradition of choral worship. Most of the singing is done by the Choir, the congregation participating through a prayerful listening. The Service consists of psalms, readings from the bible, an anthem, and prayers for the world and the church and for those in need.

When the Cathedral Choirs are on holiday Evensong may be sung by a Visiting Choir, or else it is replaced by a said service of Evening Prayer.

Sung Eucharist

Occuring
Every Sunday at for 1 hour
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

Whether said or sung, the Eucharist is the central act of Christian worship and reveals the heart of the Christian faith. On the night before he died, Jesus of Nazareth met with his disciples in an upper room in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish Passover.

At this meal he took bread, broke it and said 'This is my Body'. He took a cup of wine and said 'This is my blood - the blood of a new covenant of forgiveness'. He shared the bread and the wine with his disciples, and told them 'do this in remembrance of me'.

Whenever his followers gather to do as he said we are caught up again in the events of the last week of his earthly life and he lives amongst us as we receive his gifts.

The word Eucharist means thanksgiving. It is an act of celebration in which the very life of God is given to us in bread broken and wine outpoured. And receiving this life week by week, ordinary frail and fragile beings are strengthened as members of the Body of Christ, a community called to serve God in the world.

On Sundays and Major Feast days, the Eucharist is sung by one of the Cathedral Choirs using settings from the sixteenth century polyphony to modern works by living composers. At all Communion Services everyone who has been baptised is welcome to receive Holy Communion; otherwise a personal blessing may be received. The Ministry of Laying on of Hands with Prayer for Healing is offered as part of the Sunday Sung Eucharist, and occasionally there may be a Baptism.

Choral Evensong

Occuring
Every Sunday at for 1 hour
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

Choral Evensong

Morning Prayer

Occuring
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at for 30 mins
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

The heart of Morning Prayer is the saying of the psalms and listening to two readings from scripture. Here, at the beginning of the day, we begin by relating our lives to God and holding the needs of others in our prayers. Morning Prayer is followed immediately by a said service of Holy Communion.

Holy Communion

Occuring
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at for 40 mins
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

Whether said or sung, the Eucharist is the central act of Christian worship and reveals the heart of the Christian faith. On the night before he died, Jesus of Nazareth met with his disciples in an upper room in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish Passover.

At this meal he took bread, broke it and said 'This is my Body'. He took a cup of wine and said 'This is my blood - the blood of a new covenant of forgiveness'. He shared the bread and the wine with his disciples, and told them 'do this in remembrance of me'.

Whenever his followers gather to do as he said we are caught up again in the events of the last week of his earthly life and he lives amongst us as we receive his gifts.

The word Eucharist means thanksgiving. It is an act of celebration in which the very life of God is given to us in bread broken and wine outpoured. And receiving this life week by week, ordinary frail and fragile beings are strengthened as members of the Body of Christ, a community called to serve God in the world.

On Sundays and Major Feast days, the Eucharist is sung by one of the Cathedral Choirs using settings from the sixteenth century polyphony to modern works by living composers. At all Communion Services everyone who has been baptised is welcome to receive Holy Communion; otherwise a personal blessing may be received. The Ministry of Laying on of Hands with Prayer for Healing is offered as part of the Sunday Sung Eucharist, and occasionally there may be a Baptism.

The Eucharist is celebrated every morning at 8.15am (8am Sundays) and every Thursday and on Saints Days at 12.10pm.

Candlelit Compline

Occuring
Every Tuesday at for 30 mins
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

The ancient monastic office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’. It offers a period of reflective quiet before rest at the end of the day but meditates also upon the end of life.

This candlelit service is sung by a gathered choir who lead the responses, psalms and sing two anthems. The service lasts about 30 minutes.

On Tuesday 26 March the service will include an address by the Holy Week Preacher, Cally Hammond.

Palm Sunday Sung Eucharist

Occuring
for 1 hour
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

We gather on Palace Green to hear the Gospel of the Palms, and to follow our Lord not only in procession but in heart and mind as he enters Jerusalem in royal humility to face his death.

The Mass setting is Castagnet’s Messe Brève, and for the anthem we hear former Director of Music Paul Trepte’s Solus ad Victimam, setting words by the twelfth century theologian Peter Abelard that imagines Jesus as he sets his face towards Jerusalem.

Palm Sunday Evensong

Occuring
for 1 hour
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

The Revd Dr Cally Hammond, Dean of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge will preach her first address of Holy Week.

We hear William Byrd’s Second Service, and John Blow’s seventeenth century setting of Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World).

Via Crucis

Occuring
for 1 hour
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

A meditation on the Way of the Cross, with organ music by Philip Moore and prayers by Eric Milner-White.

The Stations of the Cross are a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. They originated in a desire to trace the Via Dolorosa (sorrowful way) in Jerusalem, the traditional route symbolising the path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary.

Their objective is to help worshippers make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ. Traditionally, a series of 14 images appears along a path or around the walls of a church around which we move in order, stopping to say prayers and engage in reflections associated with that station.

Tonight’s service combines music and image to deepen our reflections on the sorrowful way.

Devotional Concert and Address

Occuring
for 1 hour
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

Stabat Mater by Palestrina will be sung as part of a devotional concert at which Dr Hammond will give her third address.

Stabat Mater is a thirteenth century reflection on Mary’s suffering as Jesus hung on the cross. Set to music by many composers, Palestrina’s is perhaps the most well-known. It takes its name from the Latin rendering of the opening
phrase ‘at the cross her station keeping, stood the mournful mother weeping, close to Jesus at the last’.

As well as the Palestrina, this service will include music by two former organists of Ely Cathedral centred around the writings of the Prophet Jeremiah: Paul Trepte’s Jeremiae and Robert Whyte’s Lamentations.

Eucharist of the Last Supper with Washing of Feet, Stripping of the Altar and Watch of the Passion

Occuring
for 3 hours, 30 mins
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

We commemorate Jesus’ institution of the Eucharist, the night before his death, where bread and wine are named as his body broken and his blood shed for humanity, to restore a people impoverished by sin and mortality into the endless life of God. The president washes the feet of the people to remind us that, like our Lord, our calling is to serve others.

Dr Hammond will preach the sermon. At the end of the Eucharist we hear the Gospel narrative of Jesus’ arrest, and the altar is stripped; its richness and beauty vanishes, to be replaced by darkness, emptiness, and disarray. We maintain a prayer vigil, a Watch in St Dunstan’s Chapel, remembering Jesus’ agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Good Friday Preaching of the Cross and Liturgy of the Day

Occuring
for 3 hours
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

On Good Friday we watch the death of our Lord over the course of three hours, keeping company with disciples, bystanders, scoffers, those for whom Jesus was much beloved; and we stand with all who have witnessed the pains of death.

Midday until c.1.15pm - Preaching of the Cross
Addresses given by Dr Hammond with hymns and readings.

1.30pm - 3pm - The Liturgy of the Day
With the singing of the Passion Gospel by Victoria and the Veneration of the Cross, in which all are invited to participate.

Good Friday Choral Evensong

Occuring
for 45 mins
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

A solemn act of worship for Good Friday, including the passionate and tragic 1993 setting of the Reproaches by John Sanders, a liturgy in which Jesus asks humanity why we inflicted on him such suffering.

Easter Vigil with Baptism and Confirmation

Occuring
for 1 hour
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

Out of the darkness and sorrow of human violence emerges the light and life of God’s presence: in the risen Jesus; in God’s enduring promise to be with his people; in the transforming sacrament of baptism.

This is the first celebration of Easter, with the lighting of the New Fire and the Paschal Candle and the bringing of that resurrection light into a darkened church, the admission of new Christians to baptism and communion, and the rising of light, joy, colour and life for the first time since the events of Good Friday.

Dr Hammond will preach.

Easter Day Orchestral Eucharist

Occuring
for 1 hour
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

A joyful celebration of the risen life of God’s people upon Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

Bishop Dagmar presides and preaches. With the Ely Sinfonia, accompanying the choir in Mozarts’ Piccolominimesse and for the exuberant anthem, Handel’s Worthy is the Lamb and Amen.

Easter Day Festal Evensong and Procession

Occuring
for 1 hour
Venue
Ely Cathedral
Address
Ely, CB7 4DH, United Kingdom

We hear Stanford’s rich setting of the Canticles in A major, and for the anthem, Peter Philips’ joyful seventeenth-century setting of Ecce vicit leo; ‘See, has triumphed the Lion of Judah, the Root of David… Alleluia!’