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St Margaret of Antioch,

Crossgate, Durham


St Margaret's follows the traditional services of the 'Triduum' (the Three Great Days) on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, which are celebrated following an ancient pattern of liturgy (explained as follows):  


        on Maundy Thursday (14th April) the Eucharist of the Last Supper is celebrated at 7.30pm (followed by a vigil of prayer until 10pm); the service (not the vigil) will be streamed live online via our facebook page: St Margarets Church Durham  This service includes hymns and a sermon, the sacramental rite of foot-washing (following Jesus' example) and a procession to the 'Altar of Repose' where the consecrated bread is kept ready for the service the following day (and where we remember Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane).


        on Good Friday (15th April) the Liturgy of the day is celebrated, beginning at 1.30pm (and ending at 3pm, the hour when Jesus died on the Cross); the service can be viewed online via the following link: St Margarets Church Durham . This service includes the reading of the Passion according to St John (followed by a sermon), the Proclamation of the Cross (a solemn time of response and reflection), Prayers of Intercession (which on this day follow an ancient pattern and themes). By tradition Holy Communion is not celebrated on this day, but is distributed using bread consecrated the previous evening. 


        After dark on Holy Saturday (Easter Eve - 16th April), the Easter Vigil and Celebration takes place, starting in church at 8.30pm (and concluding at around 10 o'clock). It begins in darkness with prophetic readings from the Old Testament, telling of God's saving power. Then the Paschal (or Easter) Candle is lit from a new fire (kindled in the Church Garth) and is carried into the church, where the congregation's candles are lit; the Exsultet is sung (the ancient hymn of Easter night) and the Easter gospel is read. Hymns are sung, the font is blessed and people give thanks for their Baptism; the Eucharist is celebrated and the service concludes with joyful singing, bells, whistles and (when available) fireworks! 


On Easter Day (Sunday 17th April) the Eucharist is celebrated at the usual time of 11am with great rejoicing as we proclaim the resurrection from the dead of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The service will be streamed live online via the following facebook link: St Margarets Church Durham .


A recording of last year's Easter Dawn Liturgy (which took place in lockdown) is viewable here: