Here is a photograph from the archives taken towards the end of the Palm Sunday procession back in my Anglican days at St. Barnabas Church in Tunbridge Wells. There I spent several happy years cutting my teeth as an incumbent. The cavernous church with a beautiful interior lent itself well to fulsome processions and lofty ceremonial, though it was colder and more expensive to run than St. Anselm’s!
The tradition back then was to gather in the hall before exiting via the rear doors and walking the block to later arrive at the front door. These days we are fortunate to have a pleasant village green on which to congregate for the blessing of palms before we troop over the road and into church.
This Sunday the 8am Mass will be a said Mass, during which we shall bless palms in a simple but dignified manner. At 9:15am we shall hold our main service, according to Divine Worship, during which we will solemnly bless palms, partake in the procession, bang the doors of the church as we ‘reach Jerusalem’ and listen to the passion narrative. At 11am we shall have sung mass again with a simple but dignified blessing of palms. At 6:30pm there will be Stations of the Cross.
Holy week is almost upon us. If we cannot give ourselves fully to the celebration of the Lords passion then something is surely amiss in our spiritual lives. Of prime importance are the three services which comprise the Triduum; the Mass of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday evening, the Good Friday liturgy and the Easter Vigil which is taking place before sunrise at 5am on Easter morning.
Please note that the CLOCKS SPRING FORWARD this coming weekend.