Norwich Cathedral marked the start of Holy Week with a Palm Sunday procession through the city.

It was the beginning of a busy programme of services and events, including musical meditations, reflections and all the traditional services as well as an organ recital and an Easter Experience family event.

On Sunday morning, the cathedral’s clergy and choir joined together with members of St Peter Mancroft Church outside The Forum for the traditional Litany of the Palms before processing through Norwich.

Eastern Daily Press: Clergy taking part in a Palm Sunday procession in Norwich

Accompanied by a donkey, the procession wove its way around the city’s streets before arriving at the cathedral for sung eucharist.

Saturday saw Norwich Cathedral Choir, along with Norwich Baroque and soloists, sing Bach’s poignant musical masterpiece St John Passion which was first performed in Leipzig, Germany, on Good Friday 1724.

Eastern Daily Press: St John The Passion was performed in Norwich Cathedral

Meanwhile, on the afternoon of Palm Sunday, Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir performed Bob Chilcott’s moving setting of St John Passion which was first performed at Wells Cathedral in 2013.

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Dr Andrew Braddock, said: “The Cathedral’s services and events, that began with Palm Sunday, reflect the universal themes of hope and loss, joy and suffering, forgiveness and redemption that lie at the heart of Jesus’ death and resurrection. All are welcome to share in our journey through Holy Week to Easter.”

Eastern Daily Press: St John The Passion was sung in Norwich Cathedral

Monday saw clergy from across the Diocese of Norwich gather at the cathedral for the Chrism Eucharist and the first of the cathedral’s evening Holy Week reflections and musical meditations also took place that evening.

Times for the cathedral’s main services are:

*Maundy Thursday - Eucharist of the last supper, 7pm.

*Good Friday - At the foot of the Cross, 11am, Good Friday Meditation, 1pm and Solemn Liturgy 2pm.

*Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil and Confirmations, 8pm.

*Easter Sunday - Festal Eucharist, 10.30am and Festal Evensong, 3.30pm.

*Easter Monday - Cathedral’s Master of Music Ashley Grote will give a free organ recital at 11am.

Families are also invited to take part in a free Easter Experience Family Event from 10am-2pm on Wednesday April 3 and enjoy crafts, games and activities based on the Easter story.