Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday when we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem which was marked by the crowds waving palm branches and acclaiming him as the long awaited Messiah.
At St Mary’s we gather with other local churches at Sheen Lane Crossroads at 9am for a short service which includes the blessing of the Palm crosses and the reading of the Palm Sunday Gospel. We then process around the Parish accompanied by a donkey, arriving at St Mary’s at 10am.
This Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday to commemorate the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ final journey to the cross. The English word passion comes from a Latin word which means “to suffer,” In our service at St Mary’s we listen to the ‘Passion Gospel’ – the account of Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion that first Holy Week.