Diocese of York

Easter Day Solemn Eucharist – Choral Matins – Solemn Evensong

  • 8.00am Holy Communion at the High Altar.

  • 10.00am The Solemn Eucharist at which the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu presides and preaches. The Church’s celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

  • 11.45am We continue to celebrate the joy of Easter with Choral Matins.

  • 4.00pm The Minster’s celebration of Easter Day concludes with Solemn Evensong and the Blessing of the Easter Garden.


York Minster’s Easter Garden

A key part of the Minster’s Lent and Easter tradition is the Easter Garden. Around five metres long, the garden depicts key scenes from the Passion. Starting on Palm Sunday with just the tomb and three crosses, new elements will be added as the Easter story unfolds including palm branches, 30 pieces of silver (Judas Iscariot’s reward for his betrayal of Jesus), a crown of thorns and three nails and a length of material representing Jesus’ burial cloth.

During the Easter Vigil on Easter Eve, the tomb will be opened and illuminated and the garden festooned with flowers to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The garden will be blessed by the Archbishop of York during the vigil. The Easter Garden will be in the North Transept under the Five Sisters Window from Palm Sunday until the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday 4 June.