Holy Week has started well in Pembury. On Palm Sunday we gathered on the village green for our Palm Sunday procession, which was held before the 9:15am Mass . At 8am and 11am we opted for the more simple blessing of palms. Attendance at the three services was most encouraging. We had over 150 present over the course of the morning- which for a small village church where the attendance averaged around 75-80 five years ago, and against a backdrop of religious decline, is something to thank God for.
On Monday evening we held Mass at 7pm. After this a few of us watched Mel Gibson’s ‘the Passion’. I had forgotten just how hard hitting and good a film it is. The perfect reminder of what it is we are celebrating this week. Mass was offered yesterday evening and tonight we hold the service of Tenebrae- the ancient office that commemorates Christ’s sacrifice and helps us meditate on the Old Testament passages that foretold it.