ONE WORLD RELIGION WATCH: Joint Palm Sunday "Celebration" with the Anglicans!
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For the first time, the Anglican and Catholic churches of Reiger Park held a joint gathering and procession for Palm Sunday.
On Sunday morning, April 9, parishioners from the two churches gathered together in large numbers on the open veld in Popcorn Valley, where – with great joy, unity and enthusiasm – they began preparations for their procession through the town.
Father Anthony Spencer, the Catholic priest from St Francis of Assisi Church, said this was a solemn event as well as an historic moment for the churches.
This procession on Palm Sunday was the beginning of Holy Week for both churches and was also a way of celebrating and re-enacting Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem 2 000 years ago.
Fr Anthony and Fr Sanele Nhlapo shared the ceremonies for this event equally.
Since Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week, the Passion Narrative is also read on this day.
“The reason for us to have this procession is to commemorate this solemn procession according to custom and tradition, whereby the crowds waved palm branches upon Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and sang Hosanna,” said Fr Anthony.
Prior to the procession, the people received palm branches, some big and others small and even some fashioned in the form of crosses, which were then blessed with holy water and incense by Fr Sanele, Fr Anthony and Mother Audrey.
Red vestments were worn as a symbol of redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ.