Palm Sunday procession in Finsbury Park

Musicians in procession

Musicians in procession

More than 250 members of five north London churches gathered for the tenth Ecumenical Procession with a donkey and Blessing of the Palms at the Manor House gates of Finsbury Park on Palm Sunday.

Jesus' entry into Jerusalem was re-enacted with hymns and readings by parishioners from St Thomas More's Catholic Church, St Olave's, Woodbury Down, and St John the Evangelist, Brownswood Park Anglican Churches, the United Reform Church and Finsbury Park Methodist Church.

Fr Clive Lee gave the welcome. Fr Tunde Roberts introduced the service with a reflection. Fr Clive led prayers and blessed the palms. Deacon Kassa Tsegaye proclaimed the Gospel and Fr Daniel Sandham gave the homily.

After the service, cars had to wait as the crowd, accompanied by musicians on fiddles, banjos and bodhrans, processed through the streets to each of their different churches, for their Palm Sunday celebrations. Children took turns to ride William - the donkey from Bury St Edmunds - a regular at this event - on their way back to St Thomas More's for Mass.

One of the parents said: "We love to come to to this service. It really brings the Gospel story to life and marks the beginning of Holy Week in a special way."

The churches around Finsbury Park have a long history of collaborating together. One of the next events will be their annual ecumenical pilgrimage. Destinations have included Bath, Canterbury, Norwich, Salisbury, Cambridge, Ely and Lincoln.

More photos of the day will be posted soon on the ICN Facebook page.

Tags: Finsbury Park, Methodist Church, Brownswood Park Anglican Churches, Ecumenical Procession, Finsbury Park, Manor House, Palm Sunday, St John the Evangelist, St Olave's, St Thomas More's Catholic Church, United Reform Church, Woodbury Down

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