Diocese of Portsmouth

Holy Week: Resources and Information

Holy Week


What is Holy Week?

Holy Week is the name given to the week beginning on Palm Sunday, and ending on Easter Sunday. This will be an unusual Holy Week because our churches are closed, but there are still plenty of ways to engage with the story of Jesus's death and resurrection.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see details of events and services that are being live-streamed this week. And if you have any questions about why Jesus had to die, what evidence there is for the resurrection, click on our frequently-asked questions here.

Video resources

As you journey through Holy Week, some of these videos might be helpful, to watch yourself or to share with others in your congregation.

Havant Passion Play 2019

Christians from Havant, Leigh Park, Bedhampton and Rowlands Castle worked together to present a play telling the story of Jesus's final week, including his crucifixion and resurrection. These highlights might help you to recall the events that we are celebrating this week:

The Garden of Gethsemane

Bishop Christopher reflects on the sacrifice Jesus made for us, as he visits the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem with curates from our diocese in January 2018:

Reflections on the empty tomb

The Rev Andrew Goy, former curate of Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn, reflects on the empty tomb during a visit to the Holy Land in 2018:

Resources for Holy Week


Journey to the Cross: a Holy Week resource for families

Journey to the Cross is a resource for families with children of all ages to journey through the events of Holy Week together. It offers a Bible reading or video to watch for each day of Holy Week with an interactive activity you can do using things around your home. It also includes a reflection sheet to record your experiences on this journey together.

Click here to download the PDF

Holy Week Events hosted by the Cathedral

Portsmouth Cathedral will be live streaming these events on their Facebook Page. For further information about any of these events, please contact the Cathedral directly.

Click here to view the list of events and their times