Palm 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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