News and events Stories Sharing together – Holy Week and Easter 2018 The people and parishes of our diocese have been marking Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday and moving to the Chrism Eucharist, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Here are some photographs of this time to date... Bishop Christopher began Holy Week with the people of St Wulfram’s Church in Grantham. The Revd Canon Andrew Vaughan and the donkey procession through North Scarle on Palm Sunday. The Revd Richard Steel in Leadenham on Palm Sunday. The oil for the anointing of the sick and the dying, the oil for the signing with the cross at baptism and the oil of chrism were blessed at the Chrism Eucharist on Tuesday of Holy Week. At this service our diocesan clergy reaffirmed the vows made at the time of their ordination, and our bishops reaffirmed their episcopal commitment. More details on this service are available here. The Archdeacon of Boston shared in a meal hosted by St Peter's Church in Claypole on the evening of Maundy Thursday. With the cross in sight, St Giles Parish Church in Lincoln hosted a service of prayer, music and reflection on Maundy Thursday. Bishop David and more than 200 people were present at an open air service at Red Hill, Stenigot in The Asterby Group. Bishop Christopher spent some of the morning of Good Friday in conversation with Melvyn Prior on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, exchanging a hot cross bun for an Easter egg and reflecting on the meaning of the day. (For a limited time it is possible to listen back to this programme here; Bishop Christopher features from one hour and seven minutes into the programme.) St Leonard’s Church in Kirkstead (The Woodhall Spa Group of Churches) offered ‘Voices From The Crowd – A Walk With Christ’ on the morning of Good Friday. Meeting at Kirkstead Abbey ruins, the walk ended with the cross being placed at the altar in St Leonard’s Church. Visitors to All Saints Church in Wragby were able to reflect and pray at the foot of the cross. The cross in the Market Place in Market Rasen, ahead of ‘An hour by the Cross’ in St Thomas’ Church. The East Window at St Giles’ Church, Langton-by-Wragby: ‘It is finished’. On Easter Eve, St Thomas’ Church in Market Rasen hosted a children’s service with craft and worship and an Easter egg hunt – they also posed for a ‘selfie’. On Easter Eve a large congregation gathered in Lincoln Cathedral for The Ceremonies of the Paschal Vigil with Baptism and Confirmation. A time of reflection, prayer and great celebration, these initial photographs capture something of the atmosphere of the occasion, together with a video of the moments when darkness gave way to light. Bishop Nicholas was with the people of Bourne Abbey from Maundy Thursday through to Easter Day. Photographs from the Easter Day service appear below. The East Window at St Giles’ Church, Langton-by-Wragby: ‘He is not here but is risen’. An Easter message from Bishop Christopher may be heard here (from 24 minutes into the Rod Whiting Sunday Breakfast programme on BBC Radio Lincolnshire). Bishop Christopher’s Easter sermon may be downloaded here. Photographs may be sent to the Communications Department by email.