Easter Services & Easter Confessions  New Forest


Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph, Lymington          

Saturday April 20th       10am-11am

Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton

Saturday 20th                after 9.30am prayers & blessing of                                            food



Good Friday 19th April       

Tenebrae, OLMSJ, Lymington                                 8pm                           


Holy Saturday 20th April

Polish Traditional Swieconka

The blessing of the Easter baskets.

Baskets containing a sampling of Easter foods are brought to church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. The basket is traditionally lined with a white linen or lace napkin and decorated with sprigs of boxwood (bukszpan), the typical Easter evergreen. The Polish community take special pride in preparing a decorative and tasteful basket with crisp linens, occasionally embroidered for the occasion, and boxwood and ribbon woven through the handle.The priest or deacon sprinkles the individual baskets with holy water. 

The foods in the baskets have a symbolic meaning:

eggs - symbolise life and Christ's resurrection

bread - symbolic of Jesus

lamb - represents Christ

salt - represents purification

horseradish - symbolic of the bitter sacrifice of Christ

ham - symbolic of great joy and abundance.

The food blessed in the church remains untouched according to local traditions until either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.

The blessing of the Easter baskets-Our Lady of Lourdes                                                                   9.30am

The blessing of the Easter baskets-OLMSJ Lymington                                                                       11am  

Easter Vigil

According to a most ancient tradition, this night is "one of vigil for the Lord," and the Vigil celebrated during it, to commemorate that holy night when the Lord rose from the dead, is regarded as the "mother of all holy vigils."  For in that night, the Church keeps vigil, waiting for the resurrection of the Lord, and celebrates the sacraments of Christian initiation.(Liturgy Office, England & Wales)

St Theresa’s Totton                                                     7pm

St Bernard’s, Holbury                                                 7.30pm

Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton                             8pm 

OLMSJ, Lymington                                                     8 pm                                                                                                 


Easter Sunday 21st April

Christ has Risen! Alleluia!

Our Lady of the Assumption & Edward the Confessor, Lyndhurst                                                                     9am

St Francis, Milford on Sea                                           9am

St Bernard’s, Holbury                                                   9am

Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton                                10am

OLMSJ, Lymington                                                      10.30am

St Theresa’s Totton                                                      10.30am

St Michael’s, Hythe                                                      11am

St Anne’s, Brockenhurst                                              12 noon