Join in with Easter traditions at St Albans Cathedral in April
All are invited to participate in some of the oldest Easter traditions at St Albans Cathedral with a series of dramatic services in Holy Week, and by sampling the Alban Bun - the hot cross bun said to have originated in St Albans.
On Palm Sunday there is an opportunity to process from the city's fifteenth-century Clock Tower to the Cathedral waving greenery to resemble palms. Meanwhile, the hunt is still on to confirm the identity of the donkey making the star appearance.
On Maundy Thursday – the day before Good Friday – which commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples, a special service includes the washing of the feet of 12 people, followed by the stripping of all decorations. Services across Good Friday, Easter Eve and Easter Sunday recognise the dramatic story of Christ’s death and rising, and contain some of the most dramatic and moving texts used in the Church.
On Easter Monday, a special pilgrimage takes place in which people, young and old, walk to the Cathedral from across the diocese to celebrate together. This year the journey can be followed in real time on Twitter using the hashtag ‘#emp2015’.
Services are not the only Easter tradition observed at the Cathedral. The Hot Cross Bun is said to originate in St Albans, where Brother Thomas Rocliffe, a 14th Century monk at St Albans Abbey, developed an original recipe and distributed the bun to the local poor on Good Friday, starting in 1381. For nearly seven hundred years, the Alban Bun has been a part of the Easter tradition at St Albans Cathedral.
Speaking about the celebrations, Canon Kevin Walton said; “Holy Week and Easter is the most poignant and dramatic part of the Christian year as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ. We look forward to welcoming all who wish to share with us, and, of course, who wish to sample St Alban’s own authentic bun, carrying as it does the sign of the Cross.”
A full list of services for Holy Week & Easter is available here. Alban buns are on sale in the Abbot’s Kitchen and Cathedral Gift Shop now until Monday 6th April.