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The Church of England has Holy Week and Easter resources on their website here. In our diocese, Bishop Christopher set up a task team, chaired by David Stone, to create and recommend resources for Holy Week and Easter which are below.

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Online Streaming

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Dwayne Engh has prepared a helpful guide on live-streaming (thanks also to the Reverend James Pacey) which he has shared with his congregation at St Mary Magdalen. Click here to download and feel free to adapt it...

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The Cathedral is live-streaming Morning Prayer and Holy Communion each morning at 9.15 am and the Litany of Reconciliation at 12 noon. Go to http://www.facebook.com/coventrycathedral/videos

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St Mary Magdalen Church, Chapelfields  is live-streaming a number of services during Holy Week and Easter. Go to http://www.facebook.com/BlueRoofCoventry/videos/
Monday to Thursday, 6.30 pm – Reflection from Richard Cooke
Monday to Thursday, 7.00 pm – Holy Communion
Good Friday, 1.00 pm – The Liturgy of Good Friday
Good Friday, 6.30 pm – Reflection from Richard Cooke
Good Friday, 7.00 pm – Sung Compline by Candlelight
Easter Sunday, 6.00 am – Dawn Service
Easter Sunday, 10.00 am – Holy Communion

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Details of other churches planning to stream their services are available here. The Taizé community is live-streaming evening worship day by day - click here for more details.

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Holy Week

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In addition to its normal services at 9.15 am and 12 noon, the Cathedral will be live-streaming a service of Compline at 7.30pm on the  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week, including an address by Charlotte Gale. Go to http://www.facebook.com/coventrycathedral/videos

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Especially for those without internet access, the service of Compline with Charlotte’s addresses will be broadcast towards the end of an Evening Devotion for Holy Week on Radio Plus between 9 and 10 pm from Monday to Friday. Tune in to 101.5 FM. The station is also accessible online – go to www.radioplus.org.uk, which also features a ‘Listen Again’ service to enable you to hear programmes after they have been broadcast.

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Ideas from Barry Jackson: We are producing a weekly prayer booklet with ideas for morning, midday, evening and night prayer and will be producing a special one for Holy Week. From Monday to Friday Richard Cooke will be doing a 20-minute reflection each evening looking at the crucifixion narrative in each of the gospels and finally from what we see in Paul’s writings. This will pre-recorded and shared about 8.30pm on http://www.facebook.com/groups/523215405286846/ and then followed by Night Prayer (Night Prayer in Kineton is proving very popular, we are getting 100+ people joining us each evening through the week, many of whom I have never seen in church).

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From Richard Cooke: Holy Week Reflection in the series 'Bystanders at the Cross’...https://coventrydtp.wordpress.com/

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Maundy Thursday

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Bishop Christopher will be leading a live-streamed service for the Renewal of Ministerial Vows in which clergy, readers, lay ministers and anyone else involved in ministry are invited to participate. This will be accessible from the Cathedral website - https://www.facebook.com/coventrycathedral/videos and will begin at 10.30 am on Thursday April 9th. You can download the text of the service from http://tiny.cc/downloadservice.

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The Cathedral will be live-streaming a service on Maundy Thursday evening, including the option to participate via Zoom. Go to https://www.facebook.com/coventrycathedral/videos for more details. You will be able to download the text of the service from http://tiny.cc/downloadservice.

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Especially for those without internet access, the service of Compline with Charlotte’s addresses will be broadcast towards the end of an Evening Devotion for Holy Week on Radio Plus between 9 and 10 pm. Tune in to 101.5 FM. The station is also accessible online – go to www.radioplus.org.uk, which also features a ‘Listen Again’ service to enable you to hear programmes after they have been broadcast.

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Good Friday

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Bishop Christopher will be leading the Cathedral’s Liturgy for Good Friday at 9.15 am.  Go to http://www.facebook.com/coventrycathedral/videos. You will be able to download the text of the service from http://tiny.cc/downloadservice.

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Especially for those without internet access, Bishop Christopher will be joining David Stone for a special Good Friday Service at 10 am. The service of Compline with Charlotte’s addresses will be broadcast towards the end of an Evening Devotion for Holy Week between 9 and 10 pm. Tune in to 101.5 FM. The station is also accessible online – go to www.radioplus.org.uk, which also features a ‘Listen Again’ service to enable you to hear programmes after they have been broadcast.

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Good Friday Stations of the CrossBarry Jackson invites us to see the ‘Art Church’ attachments. This was originally going to be a ‘live’ installation in the church, but we are now asking people to send in pictures, text, recordings, etc of their art and we are going to edit it into a video which we will share on our live stream page and help people ‘walk’ through it on Good Friday at 10.30.

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Holy Saturday

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Noel Phillips writes:

I have recruited the 3rd year curates to read each of the passages for the Tenebrae, and James Grubb is putting together the overall video for me. I am just recording the music and we need to video the candles going out. We are going to suggest that people could sit in a darkened room and extinguish each one at home as the service continues. Hopefully we have designed it that people can use just the audio track if they prefer. I personally do it on Holy Saturday, but anytime in Holy Week would work.

We will make the recordings available as soon as possible. Meanwhile you can download an order of service here and the instructions here.

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Rumours of Hope 2020: A Vigil for Our Times Programme

This is a sequence of 14 acts of worship (10-15 minutes each) which will be released via www.rumoursofhope.co.uk on Holy Saturday afternoon, ready for people to help people watch through the night to Easter dawn. Here is the suggested schedule - but people can, of course, watch it at their own pace. Please note that the 15th service is pre-recorded but scheduled to go live at 5.45 am.

Each service focuses on an OT reading (but not necessarily the ones we might expect in the Easter vigil).

1    8pm    Genesis 1:3 Mission Community of St Frideswide, Intro to the Night, Ally Barrett Easter hymn; Derby Precentor Abba prayer
2    9pm    Deut 26:1-11 York Minster, +Stephen Cottrell, Oxford curate; ?? Abba prayer
3    10pm    Ruth 1 lay voices; Paula Gooder, Em Kolltveit Dou Way Robin; Mucknall Abbey Abba prayer
4    11pm    Gen 3 Morna Simpson (@teaandtheology Leicester curate and photo blogger; Up All Night crossover); ?? Abba prayer
5    12pm    Psalm 130 Christopher Southgate poem, CMS laments, Trinity Bristol prayers; Peterborough Precentor Abba prayer
6    12.45pm    Exodus 3 Jersey vicar armchair story; Exodus crossing storytelling; hand cross ? act of commitment; Oxford Abba prayer
7    1.30am    Job 19 Southwell Minster, Nicola Sullivan + music; Joanna Collicutt; Southwell Abba prayer
8    2.15am    1 Samuel 1-2 Lee Chantler (Truro curate), folk retelling on beach
9    3am    Nehemiah Br Tobias SSF; Duncan Dormor/USPG; Quirentine Bristol clerks; York Abba prayer
10    3.30am    Jonah 2 Natasha Beckles (StMellitus); Malcolm Guite poem; Winchester organ music (Andy Rumsden); St Edmundsbury Abba prayer
11    4am    Hosea 9:5-7 Christine Smith (HymnsA&M); Colin Heber-Percy (Salisbury vicar); Leeds curate music; Winchester Dean Abba prayer
12    4.30am    1 Kings 18:22-39 Mike & Karen Nelson (evangelical Rochester clergy music and reflection); +Humphrey Abba prayer
13    5am    1 Kings 19 Disability & Jesus, shielded reader, Kt Tupling reflection; Alison K music; Newcastle Abba prayer?
14    5.30am    Luke 1:78-80; Alison K sung Benedictus; +Helen-Ann Hartley reflection; Malcolm Guite poem; Tom Bower art; EmK Lord’s my shepherd; Chelmsford Abba prayer
15    5.45am    Emma Pennington & Jonny Arnold blessing of new fire/paschal candles/candles at home; Simon Cuff 50 voice rewrite of John Chrysostom paschal sermon; Mucknall Abbey Exultet; Canterbury 'In a world where people walk in darkness' hymn

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Easter Day

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Bishop Christopher will lead a dawn Service of Light from his Chapel at 6 am. He will then lead the Cathedral’s Celebration of Easter Day at 9.15 am.  Go to http://www.facebook.com/coventrycathedral/videos, both to follow these services live and to look at them later. You will be able to download the text of the services from http://tiny.cc/downloadservice.

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Again, especially for those without internet access, Bishop Christopher will be joining David Stone for a special Easter Celebration on Radio Plus at 10 am. Tune in to 101.5 FM. The station is also accessible online – go to www.radioplus.org.uk, which also features a ‘Listen Again’ service to enable you to hear programmes after they have been broadcast.

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Paul Edmondson suggests: At 11 am on Easter morning we imagine people opening their front doors, or their windows (to symbolise bursting from the tomb), ringing a bell if they have one, or perhaps their mobile-phone ringtone, shouting 'Alleluia', breaking a bread-roll or a slice of bread, and partaking of it, and a glass of wine (all in agape, non-sacramental, of course)!

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Ideas from Barry Jackson: We are still finalising our plans for this service. However, one idea that we are hoping to include is a testimony slot (or 2): we are starting a testimonies slot in our services where we will share some pre-recorded videos of people sharing: something of where they have seen God at work in the week; short vox-pops of people answering the same question about their faith journey; longer interviews (5 minutes) with individuals on Zoom sharing more about their faith journey. We hope to have some of these ready for Easter Sunday (see attached file for more info)

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Here’s an idea from Paul Edmondson: An Emmaus Conversation on Easter Day Night

'On the evening of the first Easter, two disciples walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They were crestfallen - until a stranger joined them, and opened their hearts. He was revealed to them as the risen Christ. We invite you to walk a similar journey on Easter Day night - in the comfort of your own home, via the telephone. Agree in advance to phone someone from your church at 8.00 pm, and take part in an Emmaus Conversation for Easter Night.

After your initial chit-chat, we suggest you both:

  1. Light a candle at the beginning of the conversation and say: 'In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.'
  2. Have some bread ready, and a glass of wine, if you would like one.
  3. Share the reading of Luke 24:13-35 (each person reading alternate verses).
  4. Ask each other when you first become a disciple and say what does this mean to you.
  5. Discuss your hopes for the world and for yourself this Easter Day.
  6. Discuss your fears for the world and for yourself this Easter Day.
  7. Reflect together on the Resurrection means to you now, in your Christian journeys.
  8. When you have reached this part of the discussion, break your bread and eat it as you continue to talk and be present to each other over the phone. Drink and enjoy your glass of wine, or some other drink.

Please speak confidentially to each other. Listen carefully to each other and try not to interrupt. We recommend you take at least thirty minutes properly to engage with this Easter Day Emmaus Conversation.

May the Peace of Our Risen Lord guide you and be with you as you converse as fellow disciples.

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Resources

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Andy March has prepared some Reflections for Holy Week and Easter (click here to download them), a video of which will go live on Good Friday. Click here.

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David Poultney writes:

A couple of exciting little developments for us is we are planning on running an Alpha course by Zoom after Easter, we are doing a church quiz night via Facebook live next week and our youth and young adult gatherings have their first zoom meeting this week and next week. We are thinking as a deanery of planning a deanery wide Good Friday Service with video input from as many parishes as can manage it, then bringing it all together and publishing on all our websites/YouTube/Facebook accounts.

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Paul Edmondson has recorded some poems for Maundy Thursday through to Easter Day via We Transfer as wav files. These are now available.

For Maundy Thursday

https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/prayer-by-george-herbert
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/holy-sonnet-10-by-johndonne
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/woman-to-child-by-judith-wright

For Good Friday
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/i-wake-and-feel-by-gerard-manley-hopkins
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/requiem-by-elizabeth-jennings
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/the-parable-of-the-old-man-and-the-young-by-wilfred-owen
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/the-airy-christ-by-stevie-smith

For Easter Eve
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/time-does-not-bring-relief-by-edna-st-vincent-millay
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/sonet-146-by-william-shakespeare
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/the-kingdom-by-r-s-thomas

For Easter Day
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/most-glorious-lord-of-life-by-edmund-spenser
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/an-easter-carol-by-christina-rossetti
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/river-by-carol-ann-duffy

You can download the text of the poems here.

Paul has also audio-recorded the whole of St John's Gospel (NRSV). It's in seven episodes from Palm Sunday to Easter Day (excluding Easter Eve). Each episode lasts around 15-20 minutes. 

John's Gospel. Part 1. For Palm Sunday.
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/johnsgospelpart1chapters1to3

John's Gospel. Part 2. For Monday of Holy Week
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/johnsgospelpart2chapters4to6

John's Gospel. Part 3. For Tuesday of Holy Week.
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/johnsgospelpart3chapters7to9

John's Gospel. Part 4. For Wednesday of Holy Week.
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/johnsgospelpart4chapters10to12

John's Gospel. Part 5. For Maundy Thursday.
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/johnchapters13to17

John's Gospel. Part 6. For Good Friday.
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/johnsgospelpart6chapters18to19

John's Gospel. Part 7. For Easter Day.
https://soundcloud.com/pauledmondson/johnsgospelpart7chapters20to21

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Dwayne Engh’s music

Dwayne is very happy for people to use these recordings in church services if they wish with no concern for copyright. His only request would be that people let me know (dwayneengh@gmail.com) if they’ve been used and how they were received. Please contact Dwayne directly for copies of the tracks.

it is finished… 3.07

Written for Good Friday at a church in Calgary, Canada where I was music director.

Piano: James Picken
Oboe: Sheryl Reinhardt

Requiem for a Hospice

Written for a theology class at university after a long-term hospice placement. I paired parts of the Requiem Mass with poetry from Gerard Manley Hopkins. Here are three of the movements:

Introit 2.22

Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow…
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

(Pied Beauty – Gerard Manley Hopkins)

Violin: Calum Zuckert

Sanctus 2.33

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things…
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

(God’s Grandeur – Gerard Manley Hopkins)

Marimba: Dwayne Engh

In paradisum 3.26

In a flash, at a trumpet crash,
I am all at once what Christ is, …immortal diamond.

(That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire, and of the comfort of the Resurrection – Gerard Manley Hopkins)

Soloist: Robert Kozak
Duet: Laurence Price
Improvised Soprano Saxophone: Tim Boniface

Note: This is only the intro and outro of a much longer choral piece. (There were too many tuning issues with the recording I have to be comfortable sharing it widely…)

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Thinking of sharing worship with those who don’t have access to the internet, click here for details of how to link up using the telephone. Dwayne Engh reports that "We have been using the Twilio phone line for people to ring in and listen to that week's sermon. There is no cost to the person ringing (a very minimal cost to us) and operates just like any other phone call.  Of those who do not have a computer, it has been appreciated."

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Several of the Precentors of the English Cathedrals have got together (virtually!) to record the Passion Gospel according to Matthew. You can download an audio version here and a version incorporating video here. It lasts for 14 minutes. Feel free to use as you wish.

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And finally, here's a great resource from www.christian.art - Holy Week told through 100 Paintings - click here.

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