Holy Week at St. Augustine’s

The week before Easter is known as Holy Week. It begins on Palm Sunday – celebrating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem – and from Thursday to Sunday the story of the Passion is commemorated with special liturgies.

This year, for the first time since the 1960s, St. Augustine’s Holy Week liturgies will be entirely in the Extraordinary Form – one of only eight places in the country to do this and the only one with every service being sung. Therefore it is not only special for the liturgical significance, but also culturally for the quality of the music which is being sung in the context for which it was written.

The music is being sung by the Victoria Consort, who are well known at St. Augustine’s for filling the church with beautiful music for liturgies and concerts throughout the year. Its director, Dominic Bevan, has compiled a tremendous amount of music for these few days, as well as a booklet with all the liturgical music and psalms.

Holy Week is being celebrated with the full Triduum, complete with Tenebrae, on Palm Sunday, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday afternoon, Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The times are on the poster above.

St. Augustine’s is very grateful to Fr. Nicholas Rynne, from Australia, for agreeing to celebrate the liturgies. The parish Triduum will be celebrated at the parish church, St. Ethelbert’s, in the Ordinary Form by Fr. Marcus.

Every Day Opening – 1st Week Success

On 1st April, St. Augustine’s began opening to the public every day, 10am-4pm. This is a major step forward, as our purpose is to be visited. St. Augustine’s audience is varied: religious pilgrims, Pugin fans (of all degrees of knowledge), architects and architectural historians, schoolchildren, families… many people fit into more than one category, and we try to accommodate them all. Therefore being open every day of the week is a very important step.
In the first week we welcomed approximately 100 people – an incredible number considering the amount of publicity and expected numbers. The number of people who must previously have walked past, or travelled especially expecting the place to be open, must be very high. We are pleased to be able to serve them every day and allow them to see the unexpected glory inside.