Sunday Pictures 2009
Each year, on Palm Sunday, the people
of St Faith's gather inside the gates of Merchant Taylors' School to
process along the A565 for the Palm Sunday Sung Eucharist.
Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey
on the first Palm Sunday, and the St Faith's cubs and Junior Church
children carry donkey's heads for the occasion,
while the sanctuary party bear palm
branches and the congregation carry palm crosses.
Once again the sun shone brightly on
the righteous as we prayed, listened to scripture, and were liberally
sprinkled with holy water by Fr Dennis.
Then the police stopped the puzzled
traffic and a hundred or so of us streamed down the road to church to
join the seden tary worhsippers.
As the service began, the cubs brought
their banners up to the Nave Altar.
Later in the service, they gave a
marvellous and dramatic reading of the Palm Sunday Gospel.
This year's Palm Sunday celebrations
concluded with a very special act of worship. The choir sang the
service of Compline
(it was advertised as compline by
candlelight, but the clocks had gone back and for the first half of the
service the sun shone splendidly on altar and choirstalls).
This was followed by a musical rarity:
a performance by soloists and choir of Mozart's Grabmusic ('Grave
Music) K42, written at the tender age of just 11!
The evening concluded with
Benediction, by which time dusk had fallen... and Holy Week had well
and truly begun.
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