Durham Cathedral retreat to mark Holy Week

ANNUAL RETREAT: Cathedral to hold retreat in build-up to Easter

ANNUAL RETREAT: Cathedral to hold retreat in build-up to Easter

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A CATHEDRAL is to hold a seven-day retreat to mark Holy Week.

Durham Cathedral will host its annual retreat week starting on Palm Sunday, April 13 and culminating in the celebration of Easter Sunday on April 20.

The retreat centres on the Cathedral’s observation of Holy Week and involves a special programme of retreat addresses, pilgrimage, art, quiet times and guided reflection.

The week culminates in the three-day Triduum period of prayer from Maundy Thursday to Easter Day, which includes Durham’s unique medieval Judas Cup ceremony, stripping of the altar and vigil, and the Dawn Eucharist with baptism and confirmation.

Members of the Cathedral clergy will be available at certain times for personal conversation should that be helpful.

The Reverend Canon Rosalind Brown, Nave Canon at Durham Cathedral, said: "This retreat offers people from further afield the chance to join us at the Cathedral as we follow in the way of the cross, including some who return to participate for a second or third time.

"We especially look forward to sharing our observance of Holy Week with the new Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler, who will lead the programme along with members of the Cathedral Chapter."

The full week’s retreat costs £310 per person, including meals at St Chad’s College, Durham, which provides bed and breakfast for those who need it.

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8:44am Thu 27 Feb 14

Ally F says...

As a practising Christian in the Diocese of Durham, I despair. How elitist and inaccessible this retreat is to the vast majority of people. I will observe Holy Week and Easter as best I can, while going to work, looking after home and family, etc.

I am self employed. I can't take a week off and pay £310 for a week of quiet prayer and contemplation, much as it would be good for mind, body and soul.

And the Chuch of England wonders why it is considered irrelevant to modern day life. What an own goal.

So much for the Christian Faith being for all. It appears you need to have a free week during Holy Week and a spare £310 in your sky rocket.

For those not so well-heeled, here's good news. Parish Churches throughout the Durham Diocese will be holding services during Holy Week and Easter, to which ALL are invited, at no charge.
As a practising Christian in the Diocese of Durham, I despair. How elitist and inaccessible this retreat is to the vast majority of people. I will observe Holy Week and Easter as best I can, while going to work, looking after home and family, etc. I am self employed. I can't take a week off and pay £310 for a week of quiet prayer and contemplation, much as it would be good for mind, body and soul. And the Chuch of England wonders why it is considered irrelevant to modern day life. What an own goal. So much for the Christian Faith being for all. It appears you need to have a free week during Holy Week and a spare £310 in your sky rocket. For those not so well-heeled, here's good news. Parish Churches throughout the Durham Diocese will be holding services during Holy Week and Easter, to which ALL are invited, at no charge. Ally F
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