Holy Week and Easter at the Shrine of St Augustine

Liturgies during Holy Week and Easter are as follows:

PALM SUNDAY (20th March)
12 noon – Mass (Missa Cantata)

SPY WEDNESDAY (23rd March)
9PM – Tenebrae

5.30pm – Mass of Maundy Thursday (Watching and Adoration until 9pm)
9pm – Tenebrae

GOOD FRIDAY (25th March)
11am – Stations of the Cross (outdoors, in collaboration with Divine Retreat Centre UK, not Extraordinary Form or sung)
3pm – Good Friday Liturgy
9pm – Tenebrae

8pm – Easter Vigil

12 noon – Mass (Missa Cantata)


All liturgies will be in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite – a rare opportunity to experience the entire Easter Triduum in this form of liturgy


Music will be sung by our artists-in-residence, The Victoria Consort

All are welcome to attend these liturgies



Holy Week is the period of days leading up to Easter Sunday. It liturgically incorporates commemorations and memorials of the events in Jesus Christ’s life leading to his crucifixion, death, and resurrection. It is from these events that we understand salvation history, and on which Christianity is built.

Spy Wednesday is so called because it commemorates the day that Judas agreed to betray Jesus

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, with the institution of the Eucharist. It is so called because it has the ceremony of washing of feet (as Jesus washed his disciples’ feet), and the first words of that ceremony are ‘Mandatum novum da vobis’ (Latin for ‘A new commandment I give to you’)

Good Friday is the day on which Jesus was crucified and so became the ultimate sacrifice – the Lamb of God – God’s own son being sacrificed for the sins of everyone. It is called ‘good’ because it is from this day that everyone could be reconciled to God for eternity

Holy Saturday is the day that Jesus lay dead and buried in the tomb

Easter Sunday is the day that we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. This is the most important day of the Christian calendar: this is the day that Jesus proved he had conquered death, that life continues beyond death, and that God has promised that there is resurrection of the body for us all

Christianity is built around these liturgies and the beliefs that they express. It was here, near Ramsgate, that St Augustine brought these beliefs and understandings to the English for the first time. This shrine is in honour of the man who led that mission, St Augustine of England, and exists for the worship of God


“If Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain” – 1 Corinthians 15:14

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