St Mary’s will be live streaming a Palm Sunday service on Sunday 5th April at 9.30am. The service will be on the St Mary’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbFAwUkttVbX2H3IvJEfu1Q. You can also find it by going to https://www.youtube.com and searching for St Mary’s Princes Risborough. You can subscribe to get future reminders. The Sunday service is also streamed on Facebook and the link for our Facebook group is https://www.facebook.com/stmarysrisborough/. Please come along and join us.
You can watch the service live at 9.30am or you can watch it later. If you watch it later on Sunday, it may help you to know that there is a lead-in of nearly 10 minutes at the start before the actual service begins. During this time an image of St Mary’s Church is displayed. If you wish to skip to the start of the service, you can do so by dragging the slider across the progress bar.
If you can, please have a go at making your own Palm Cross – there are instructions on YouTube (just search for palm cross making) or just improvise with your own paper or card cut-out of a cross. If you have children, they might like to have a go at this. During the service, David will ask you all to hold up your home made palm crosses to be blessed. Afterwards you might like to stick it up in your window for others to see. This is also a national initiative – see info from the Church of England below:
Christians are to be encouraged to make their own paper or card ‘palm’ crosses and display these in their windows in a national virtual church service for Palm Sunday to be broadcast by the Church of England.
The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, will put a paper ‘palm’ cross in the window of his Salford home in a national service he will lead for Palm Sunday, marking the start of Holy Week and Easter.
The Holy Communion service, will be broadcast at 9am on the Church of England’s Facebook page with readings from the Archdeacon of Manchester, Karen Lund and prayers by Lucy Hargraves from St Peter’s Church in Bolton. All three record contributions from their own homes in keeping with the rules on physical distancing.
In his sermon, Bishop David will speak of the strength and mutual support from the crowd that he addressed in Manchester city centre following the Manchester Arena attack in 2017.