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Sunday, April 1 was the Sunday next before Easter, known as Palm Sunday. In one of the most beautiful services in the Anglican tradition we began the service with the blessing of the palms in which members kneel at the altar to receive palms blessed by the priest then process around the church carrying the palms led by the crucifer carrying the veiled processional cross and singing a hymn. In the absence of our usual crucifer Lincoln Connell, Joe Criswell filled in as crucifer.
This Palm Sunday tradition commemorates Christ’s entry into Jerusalem for his crucifixion and the palm is a traditional symbol of victory, in this case Christ’s victory over death.
Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the scriptures for the day, Philippians 2:5, which explains who Jesus was “Christ Jesus who, being in the form of God…took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men….” And Matthew 27:1, which recounts his trial and execution.
Holy Week services include Maundy-Thursday communion service at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5 and the Good Friday service at 7 p.m. April 6, to which the public is invited. Visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.