Palm Sunday


The origins of Palm Sunday lie in the traditional healing rites of the church.

Where the first Sunday of April was the day after the last day of March and fell a week before Easter, it was the custom in the eastern Mediterranean during the first centuries of the Christian Church to rise at dawn to harvest the foliage of local sub-tropical trees in order to use the leaves in a recreation of Jesus' triumphant entry in Jerusalem.

Anointing with oilsThe process of harvesting this foliage was extremely arduous and caused sores and lesions on the hands of those undertaking the work.

Therefore a custom arose that on completion of the task, believers meeting for worship would come forward for the palms of their sore hands to be anointed with blessed oils, and hence the day became known as 'Palm Sunday'.

At the 10.00am Parish Communion Service on Palm Sunday in 2012, Fr Steve Benford will anoint the palms of all who wish to come forward in the traditional manner (pictured right).

Those wishing to support the continuation of this time-honoured ministry are urged to make a generous contribution to the good cause of their choice.

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