Blessing of Palms, Procession & Choral Eucharist – Palm Sunday

Sunday 2nd April, 2023, at 11:00 am

The preparation and penitence of Lent comes to a climax in the events of Holy Week and Easter. All are welcome to join us for the first of our special Holy Week services on Palm Sunday, 2nd April, and we begin in celebratory mood.

Music at the Service

Setting: Missa brevis in D, K194 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Canticle: Benedictus in B flat – Charles Villiers Stanford
Sermon: The Revd Dr Jeff Lake, Associate Priest of St Bride’s
Anthem: Hosanna to the Son of David – Thomas Weelkes
Organ Voluntary: ‘Dorian’ Toccata in D minor BWV 538 – Johann Sebastian Bach

Download Order of Online Service (pdf)

The crowds hail Jesus as their Messiah, laying palms before him as he enters Jerusalem as they cry, “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Yet Christ enters his own city in order to complete his work as our Saviour through his suffering, death and resurrection.

During our first hymn the congregation leave the church and process around it singing, blessed palm crosses held aloft as symbols of Jesus’ coming victory and in re-enactment of that triumphant day:

‘All glory, laud, and honour
to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring.’

This service will also stream online on this page at the same time as the service in church, and on our pages at FacebookYouTube and SoundCloud.

congregation sitting for service


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