Lincoln cathedral lights up for Easter

30th March 2021

The colours will reflect the traditional liturgical colours of holy week which are used for vestments, altar fronts and other liturgical linens in the Cathedral.

Lincoln Cathedral is lighting up for Easter – using a special lighting scheme to mark Holy Week and the run up to Easter Day.

From Palm Sunday on 28 March, when Christian worshippers celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, to Wednesday 31 March, the Cathedral will be lit in red and on Maundy Thursday (1 April), this will change to white to contemplate the Last Supper, and Jesus’ command to his disciples to love one another.

On Good Friday and Easter Eve (2 and 3 April) the lights will become red to remember the passion, suffering and death of Christ.

On Easter Day the Cathedral will be bathed in gold to celebrate the transforming effect of the resurrection and the hope offered by new life.

The Revd Canon Nick Brown said,

“Being able to mark the progress through Holy Week in such a visual way is a great aid to sharing the Easter story with everyone across the city, not just those who enter the Cathedral. It is a way for us to join together in worship and reflection at a time when it is still difficult to come together in person, and through the lights shining across the city people can join in the events of Holy Week that will be marked with services inside the Cathedral.

“Lent, Holy Week and Easter are a very important period in the Christian Calendar. Due to the first national lockdown in March 2020, Easter services could not take place in the Cathedral at all last year. I’m delighted that this year we will be able to welcome worshippers into the Cathedral to join all of our services, as well as broadcasting many of them online.”

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