Easter at Hereford Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 12:15 10 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:15 10 April 2014

Hereford Cathedral / Photo: jennyt (shutterstock)

Hereford Cathedral / Photo: jennyt (shutterstock)


Built on a place of worship used since Saxon times, Hereford Cathedral stands at the heart of Hereford, and is a popular visitor destination all year round. Traditionally, Easter heralds the start of the tourist visitor season and this year is no exception with plenty to see and do for residents and visitors alike.

Hereford Cathedral / Photo: David Clegg (shutterstock)Hereford Cathedral / Photo: David Clegg (shutterstock)

Cathedral Tours: You can explore the history and treasures from Saxon times to present day with the experienced guides on Cathedral Tours which take place Monday to Saturday at 11.05am and 2.05pm. Tickets are £4 and can be bought from the Cathedral Shop.

Cathedral Tower: More adventurous visitors can climb the 218 steps to the top of the Cathedral Tower for some of the finest views of the city, county and beyond. Tours include the Lantern Gallery with spectacular views down into the cathedral nave, the Ringing Chamber, and a new set of interpretation boards at the very top. Tours take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Wednesday April 16.

Hereford Cathedral / Photo: David Clegg (shutterstock)Hereford Cathedral / Photo: David Clegg (shutterstock)

Cathedra Shop: In addition to the traditional Easter cards, Fairtrade eggs, books and religious gifts, Hereford Cathedral Shop has recently begun stocking a variety of innovative and contemporary gifts suitable for friends and family.

New collections include Stoneglow (English made candles and room fragrancers in a variety of scents to enhance the home), note books and social stationery for those who like finely crafted cards and stationery, Brixton Pottery (hand crafted mugs with sponge print decoration) and Parlane (home accessories that include candles, photograph frames and gifts).

The Hereford Cathedral shopThe Hereford Cathedral shop

The Cloister Café: Located in the historic 15th-century Bishop’s Cloister and Chapter House Garden, the Cloister Café is a favourite for homemade cakes, biscuits, hot and cold snacks, light lunches and locally sourced products. The café also serves a seasonal range of Easter cakes and biscuits which can be enjoyed in the award winning Chapter House Garden. The Café is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm (closed Good Friday), and between 12 noon – 3.45 pm on Easter Sunday April 20.

Easter Organ Concert: The launch of organ concerts at Hereford Cathedral begins on April 21 with a special Easter Monday concert at 1.15pm. Hereford Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music Peter Dyke will be playing a selection of popular and colourful music showing off the cathedral organ to full effect. Easter Monday is one of the busiest times of the year for cathedral visitors to the Cathedral and Peter hopes to be playing to quite a crowd, with large screen video projection from the organ loft.

Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition: The Hereford Mappa Mundi is a unique medieval treasure, recording how scholars interpreted the world over 800 years ago. It is displayed alongside the cathedral’s Chained Library of 225 illuminated manuscripts with the earliest dating from the eight century.

For more information visit www.herefordcathedral.org


Easter Service Times

Maundy Thursday April 17

• 7.30 am - Morning Prayer

• 10.30 am - Chrism Eucharist

Preacher: The Bishop of Ludlow

• 5.30 pm - Evening Prayer

• 7.30 pm - Eucharist of the Last Supper

Sung by Hereford Cathedral Voluntary Choir with the Washing of Feet (the Watch at the Altar of Repose will be in All Saints’ Church).

Preacher: The Very Reverend Nick Bury

Good Friday 18 April

• 7.30 am - Morning Prayer and Litany

• 10.00 am - Service for children & families

• 10.30 am - Walk of Witness

Begins outside the Cathedral, organised by Churches Together in Hereford.

• Noon Preaching of the Passion

Preacher: The Very Reverend Nick Bury

• 1.30 pm Liturgy of the Passion

Preacher: The Very Reverend Nick Bury

Holy Saturday 19 April

• 7.30 am - Morning Prayer

• 5.30 pm - Evensong and Blessing of the Easter Garden

• 8.00 pm - Paschal Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter

Participants gather for the vigil readings in St Francis Xavier’s Catholic church in Broad Street, then process to the cathedral for the blessing of the new fire, and lighting of the paschal candle, and the renewal of their baptismal promises, before celebrating the first Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Day 20 April

• 8.00 am - Holy Communion with hymns

• 10.00 am - Cathedral Eucharist

President: The Bishop of Ludlow

Preacher: The Dean

A separate Easter activity for children will take place during the sermon

• 11.30 am - Choral Matins

Preacher: The Chancellor

• 3.30 pm - Choral Evensong and Procession

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