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Palm Sunday

For as long as I can remember, I have used Palm Sunday as an opportuity to re-tell the story of Holy Week up as far as the arrest of Jesus in Gethsemane.  Most years, it's done in a very light hearted way, with lots of sensory activities, such as a procession round the room, hurling plastic coins across the room (always popular with children), anointing and, of course, a re-enacted Last Supper.

This year, a slight variation was more 'lessons and carols' style via Zoom, and telling chunks of the Mark narrative (it is Year B of the RCL after all).

Palm Sunday is a day of high energy and high drama - but it is a day that triggers a week of extreme emotions and painful rememberings.

The palm cross, connects the exuberance of 'hosanna' with the agony of 'eloi eloi lama sabacthani' and so draws into the complexity of the week about to unfold.

And of course, in our church, Palm Sunday wouldn't be Palm Sunday without this piece of music


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