St Paul’s and St Peter’s start Holy Week…
Marching in the Light of God..
We spent a wonderful Spring morning at the start of Holy Week – celebrating Palm Sunday in a service led by Father John – the first in two years after the pandemic lockdowns. Our “Flames” youth group lead us with a stirring reading of Christ’s Last Supper and betrayal into the hands of the Roman authorities for the Liturgy of the Passion.
We then had a pre-march session around the church led by Sister Praise. We sang acapella with Brother Akin on the drums as we danced around the church, Spring light streaming through the stained glass windows. I had a sense of Mother Mary smiling at us as we processed through the Lady Chapel and onwards past the altar, behind which was Freida Skinner’s sculpture of the Risen Christ in Glory, the fresh giant palm leaves tickling his feet.
After the main service we met with our Sister Church St Peter’s at Liverpool Grove. After a short wait the doors opened and Father Andrew led us with mean rendition of Marching in the Light of God on his saxophone to further drum accompaniment. Clergy and congregation from the two churches marched up the Walworth road and along manor place to Pasley Park.
We cheered up many onlookers to whom we handed palm crosses as we passed. For many it would probably the first event of the year they would witness in the lead up to Holy Week.
11th April 2022