Sacred Space at Kirkstall Abbey for Holy Week

After last Holy Week’s successful living labyrinth in Kirkstall Abbey, the Abbeylands team of churches are this year hosting a Stations of the Cross experience around the Abbey site.

Through a series of 14 watercolours by artist Jenny Hawke, visitors are invited to reflect on the Easter story, and on the themes that the paintings explore, such as fear, betrayal, mercy, hope, and forgiveness.  

Pioneer team vicar, the Revd Jude Smith, says, “People are welcome to just wander and enjoy, but there are also written guides available:  one using the artist’s own words, one using traditional reflections, and one exploring the themes of the paintings. There will also be a children’s sheet which asks them to look for particular things in each painting.

“I’m really excited that we can offer people a creative opportunity to engage in the Easter journey in this ancient place of worship. 

“Just like last year, people can reflect alone or in groups.  And this year there’s the opportunity for an online discussion on each theme through a web presence linked to the trail”.

The Abbeylands Team are also holding particular events at Kirstall Abbey through Holy Week:-

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (11-13 April), 2.30pm - a traditional stations of the cross walk and response.
  • Good Friday - a noon service
  • Easter Sunday - Sunrise Easter Celebration at 6am.

Resources will be online at from Tuesday morning.

Sacred Space is using ‘One Friday’ resources

Kirkstall Abbey is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am to 4pm.  Please note that the trail will be taken down after the sunrise service on Easter Sunday morning.




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