Chelmsford Cathedral
Church at Home

As many people are self-isolating and we are all required to social distance, we, as a Church, want to reassure the community that they are not forgotten.  So this page is for everyone, self isolating or not, who wants to access sermons, morning prayer, collects, readings and prayers, all in one place.  Some of this is already on our website but it is now available from one page.  If you have a prayer request, please email  This page will be regularly updated so please check each day for prayers, thoughts and other useful links.

What's new ... 

A summary of what's new to this page over the last few days.

Daily: Stations of the Cross and the Cathedral Prayer For the Day

Holy Week Reflections from Bishop John

Sustaining Prayer - a whole new section updated daily

Podcast - from Canon Imogen

Junior Church Page (under Exploring Faith) new activities added daily

Holy Week at Home:

There will be a series of services and reflections taking place during Holy Week, many of them will be live streamed via our FaceBook page.  As the links become available, they will turn blue and you can listen again. The Diocese of Chelmsford also has a number of resources available.  Please click here to take you to their Holy Week at Home page.  Our Stations of the Cross also continue with daily prayers and reflections.  Just scroll down this page.

Palm Sunday: 5th April

A reflection for Canon Alison Kennedy: 

“Hosanna! Hosanna!” Crowds jostling. Cheering. Noise. As Jesus rides a donkey through the outskirts of Jerusalem, there’s an air of expectation. This is it: this is what we’ve been waiting for. Christians all over the world mark this day with processions. Today we go public about our faith. This is a day for proclaiming.

But how to do that in isolation?  How to do that when the streets are empty and quiet, when we’re confined to our homes and prevented from gathering? 

Even in our homes, we can find a way to proclaim our faith. Dig out an old palm cross or make one out of paper or some sticks from the garden. Open the windows and shout “hosanna!” Phone a friend and cheer them up. Look up a church somewhere in the world that is still open and processing. Remember that you are connected to the whole of body of Christ and that no powers on earth and heaven can take away or destroy the hope that is real and alive. Challenge the temptation to despair and gloom! Hosanna! Hosanna!

7.45am – Morning Prayer

10.30am – Palm Sunday Eucharist

You can join in with this service by downloading the order of service.

5.15pm – Evening Prayer

The Dean has also recorded a Palm Sunday podcast.


Monday in Holy Week: 6th April

7.45am – Morning Prayer

5.15pm – Evening Prayer

7pm –Reflection for Holy Week by Bishop John Perumbalath, followed by Compline

Tuesday in Holy Week: 7th April

7.45am – Morning Prayer

5.15pm – Evening Prayer

7pm –Reflection for Holy Week by Bishop John Perumbalath, followed by Compline

Wednesday in Holy Week: 8th April

7.45am – Morning Prayer

5.15pm – Evening Prayer

7pm –Reflection for Holy Week by Bishop John Perumbalath, followed by Compline

Maundy Thursday: 9th April

7.45am – Morning Prayer

5.15pm – Evening Prayer

7pm –Eucharist (live streamed through FaceBook) followed by a pre-recorded Homily from Bishop John Perumbalath 

Service Booklet to accompany the Eucharist


Good Friday: 10th April

7.45am – Morning Prayer

12 noon - Seven Reflections on Jesus’ words from the cross by Bishop John Perumbalath

5.15pm – Evening Prayer


Holy Saturday: 11th April

7.45am – Morning Prayer

5.15pm – Evening Prayer

8pm – Dawn: Rumours of Hope: A vigil for our time. An Easter Vigil around the Easter fire with reflections from around the UK

More than 50 priests, bishops, lay leaders and ordinands will come together on Easter Eve to lead a virtual vigil.  Rumours of Hope 2020: A Vigil for Our Times will offer creative reflections, poetry, art and prayers throughout the night. The purpose is to help people weep, watch and pray together as we yearn for Easter light amidst the darkness of our coronavirus-hit world. For more information, please click here.


Easter Day: 12th April

7.45am Morning Prayer

10.30am Eucharist

5.15pm Evening Prayer


Live Streaming:

Morning Prayer 7.45am and Evening Prayer 5.15pm are live-streamed via FaceBook.  Click here to join in.  On Sunday mornings a Eucharist is live streamed at 10.30am.  Please note you have to have FaceBook installed to watch it.


Once they have been livestreamed they are uploaded to our You Tube Channel and can be watched here.

There are service booklets to accompany the service so that you can join in with the responses if you would like to.  Please note YouTube does sometimes mute the sound where it believes there may be an infringement of copyright and unfortunately there is nothing we can do about this at present.  All the words are loud and clear though.  The services for Holy Week are all towards the top of this page.

Morning Prayer Service Booklet

Evening Prayer Service Booklet


Listen to a short meditative service here.  If you open the service booklet below, called Compline, you can join in with the responses.


Simple said services for use throughout the year: Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

If you are missing the music element of worship the the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) has a hymn of the day.  Click here to listen (and scroll down a little). 

Stations of the Cross:  

The Stations of the Cross, also called Way of the Cross, is a series of 14 pictures or carvings showing events in the Passion of Christ, from his condemnation by Pontius Pilate to his entombment. The images are usually mounted on the inside walls of a church or chapel but may also be put up in other places such as cemeteries and the corridors of hospitals.  This year, they are going on line.  Each day you are encouraged to pray in front of the station and there is a reading and a prayer to help you.  The devotional exercise of visiting and praying in front of each of the 14 stations stems from the practice of early Christian pilgrims who visited the scenes of the events in Jerusalem and walked the traditional route from the supposed location of Pilate’s house to Calvary.  

The Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross 

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

John 17:19: Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side and Jesus in the middle. 

Reflection: Keeping in mind that the word excruciating literally means “out of the cross,” we reflect on Jesus and the excruciating pain he suffered as soldiers pounded thick nails through his hands and feet. As he completely surrendered any natural human desire to protect himself, Christ bore this pain – our pain – as a supreme sign of his overwhelming love for God’s people.  

Prayer: Jesus, on the cross you embraced the pain of generations of sinful men and women. As teachers who often see pain and suffering behind the eyes of our students, we pray that you will guide us by your example of profound empathy. Teach us to share the pain of our students, and to be for them signs of your love in their lives. 

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If you would like to use the complete series of pictures as an on-line meditation (lasting about 20 minutes), please click here.


Sustaining Prayer:

Chelmsford Cathedral – Prayer for Today


As a deer craves running water, I thirst for you, my God;

I thirst for God, the living God.

When will I see your face? Tears are my steady diet.

Day and night I hear, “Where is your God?”

Words from Psalm 42

As you enter into prayer today, take a moment to be still. Come into God's presence with a deepfelt desire to meet with God now. Know that God is the God who sees you and that God is looking at you now with great love. Pause for a moment and be still.

Gracious Father,

you gave up your Son out of love for the world:

lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,

that we may know eternal peace

through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The readings continue to focus on the last days of Jesus’ life, and today we hear Jesus speaking with his disciples at the Last Supper. The sense of foreboding is become intense, and we watch helpless as we see Judas beginning to act. “It was night” towards the end of the passage marks the beginning of a new phase in the passion, the time when Jesus is handed over.

John 13.21-32

Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, ‘Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, ‘Lord, who is it?’ Jesus answered, ‘It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.’ So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, ‘Do quickly what you are going to do.’ Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, ‘Buy what we need for the festival’; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.

Spend some time reflecting on the reading, mulling it over.

Ask God what God wants you to hear today.

Offer your personal prayers and thanksgivings

and offer the day to God in a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving.

End this time of prayer by saying the Lord’s Prayer.


Alongside a daily prayer and reflection, there will be a few susgestions on how we can sustain prayer whilst we are praying on our own.  We are not praying alone!  Click on the links below which will take you to a pdf.  There is also an audio clip if you prefer visuals.

How to meditate.  Audio available here.

Saying the Jesus Prayer. Audio available here.

How to use the Cross as a compass. Audio available here.

Pray as you Go is a website with daily prayers, music, a reading and reflection.  Please click here to spend some time in prayer knowing others around the UK are joining with you.

During this time it is important that we all look after our mental health.  There are suggestions and advice available by clicking here.

A Daily Prayer from the Church of England, please click here.

Bishop Stephen was on Songs of Praise on Sunday 29th March, talking to Aled Jones.  To listen again click here.

Pastoral Support:

If you are self-isolating and a member of our Cathedral congregation, please let us know by emailing or calling Marion Palmer, Dean's PA or by phone: 01245 294497.  Leave a voicemail message when prompted to do so and that message will appear as an email which Marion will be able to check from home and contact the right person on your behalf.


Our weekly newssheet:

Click here for 12th April 2020

A letter from the Dean from 4th April.

To listen to Canon Imogen's latest podcast, Lazarus is called back to life, please click here.

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