On Parade: Palm Sunday 2007

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week: the most momentous time of the Church's Year.

It follows the events in Christ's life which led to his arrest, trial, crucifixion and triumphant resurrection at Easter.
This first day commemorates Our Lord's joyful entry into Jersualem, riding on a donkey with palm branches beneath his feet.
Our 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 -

the officiants sported sizeable palm fronds, while the congregation carried palm crosses, which were blessed before the walk began.
Safely back in the church grounds, the congregation moved into church to join those who had not taken part in the procession,
while incense was prepared and lit and the celebrants followed the people into the building.

The Palm Sunday Sung Eucharist,  whose highlight is a dramatic reading of the long  Passion Gospel, followed -
and 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.

Pictures by Chris Price

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