On Parade: Palm Sunday 2007
marks the beginning of Holy Week: the most momentous time of the
follows the events in Christ's life which led to his arrest, trial,
crucifixion and triumphant resurrection at Easter.
first day commemorates Our Lord's joyful entry into Jersualem, riding
on a donkey with palm branches beneath his feet.
picture gallery of the celebration at St Faith's shows some of us
gathering at nearby Merchant Taylors' School before setting out
to process, with police escort, down the road to the church. As
in previous years, the sun shone on the righteous.
The donkeys were cardboard - although we have had a real donkey once or
twice in the past -
officiants sported sizeable palm fronds, while the congregation carried
palm crosses, which were blessed before the walk began.
back in the church grounds, the congregation moved into church to join
those who had not taken part in the procession,
incense was prepared and lit and the celebrants followed the people
into the building.
Palm Sunday Sung Eucharist, whose highlight is a dramatic reading
of the long Passion Gospel, followed -
finally the celebrants left the palm-decked nave altar and processed
out of church to enjoy a well-earned cup of coffee in the hall.
Click on any of these small
pictures for a larger version.
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The visiting preacher throughout the week is Fr Geoffrey Hardman,
seen balancing his palm in the middle of the second row above.
by Chris Price
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