Services in Holy Week

During the Covid-19 lockdown we in the Cathedral are acutely aware that the inability to worship together as a congregation is keenly felt by many. We are trying to reach out to both those who regularly worship with us, both in person and online, with as many services as possible. In normal years we would have an evening of musical reflection by the Choir, a Communion Service on Maundy Thursday, a three hour vigil on Good Friday and, of course our Service of Holy Communion on Easter Sunday Morning.

Of course, this year none of this is possible. However, Rev Mark, the Music Department, and members of the Kirk Session have been active in putting together as many of our regular services as we possibly can, considering the restrictions on travel, and taking into account the limitations which “social distancing” place upon what we are able to do.

In preparing the videos and podcasts for Holy Week, we have used existing materials, and new, but taking special precautions to minimise any danger to those participating. All of our Choral pieces were recorded prior to the outbreak. Additional solos were accomplished by having the entire length of the Quire between the organist and the singer. Where possible spoken material has been recorded in “home” studios, and the internet used to transfer material for editing.

We are therefore able to provide a Holy Week Maundy Thursday Service of Holy Communion to which all are most welcome. This service will be available here on the Cathedral Website at 7:00 pm BST, and we would encourage you to make available some bread and wine, so you may join with Rev Mark in a “Virtual” receipt of the Sacrament.

On Good Friday, beginning at 12;00 noon BST, we will provide a podcast in the series “Thoughts and Music”. There will be reflections from Rev Mark and music from Director of Music Andrew Forbes, Cathedral Choir members Rachel Thomas, Beth Taylor, David Lee and Jonathan Forbes Kennedy, plus special guests Alastair McDonald and Kristine Al Jndi. Please join us for a moving and uplifting message at this particularly worrying Eastertide.

On Easter Sunday morning, our service will begin at 11:00 as usual. There will be some fabulous music from the Choir and special messages from Philip Braat, Lord Provost of Glasgow and Rev Dan Carmichael, Moderator of Glasgow Presbytery. In addition we will also welcome Rachael Weir as a new member of our Congregation. Please join us for Easter Sunday Worship wherever you are in the world.