Another Palm Sunday Procession – with Donkey!


David Lamming writes:

 We, too, in the Box Rover Benefice, had a Palm Sunday procession this morning, complete with donkey, also in the rain.  The service (a ‘Five Villages Service’ for the 5th Sunday of the month (with bells but no smells! – see the photo of the bellringers) was at St Mary the Virgin Church, Edwardstone (it was their ‘turn’ to host the 5th Sunday united service) and we processed the 250 or so yards down the track to the church from Temple Bar: the brick gateway to the Edwardstone estate. As Judith recalled in her address, the gateway symbolised the gate into Jerusalem.  
Attached are a few photos.  The donkey was provided by Sally, a vet living in Edwardstone.  Joshua Gray from Boxford (=Yeshúa, as Judith pointed out) appropriately played the part of Jesus, though, as you will see from the attached photos, he walked beside the donkey rather than riding on it!  (You may recall that Joshua was the lad from Boxford who read so clearly and well the first section of the intercessions at the Centenary service at the Cathedral exactly a year ago today.)

As you will see, it was umbrellas up for us, too.  We processed to the church singing (unaccompanied) “Ride on, ride on in majesty“, with the appropriately worded last line, “then take, O God, thy power and rain” (typo intended!)  76 people from the benefice (including a number of children) attended, having both braved the rain and remembered to reset their clocks/watches to BST.