With churches on lock-down during the Coronavirus pandemic, one idea to connect people on Palm Sunday is gaining traction.
The Deacon’s Bench shared this idea from Missionaries of the Holy Spirit and it has now gone viral on Facebook.
How can we publicly acknowledge this important day on our calendar when so many of us will be behind closed doors?
The Missionaries of the Holy Spirit posted this idea on their Facebook page:
What if everyone on Sunday April 5 in the morning, puts a branch on the door of their house or on the window, to celebrate Palm Sunday?
It could be any green branch you can get. This would help, despite the social distancing, to be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks.
Want to join?
We may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are united as the body of Christ.
We are the Church.
Yes, we are. We’ve got this. Let’s do it.
Facebook responded with hundreds of posts, as did others on Twitter.
Beautiful idea Deacon Greg. Thank you & God bless you🙇♀️🕊
— patricia y🇺🇸 🇮🇹 (@patriciayonan) April 1, 2020
Meanwhile, the leaders of Ireland’s churches have asked people to take part in prayers throughout the country on Palm Sunday from 3pm-4pm.
The Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin, joined with president of the Irish Council of Churches Rev Brian Anderson; Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Rev William Henry; Church of Ireland Archbishop-elect of Armagh Rev John McDowel; and president of the Methodist Church Rev Sam McGuffin to issue a call to prayer.
“To all who are suffering, have lost loved ones and are anxious in these unprecedented days, we pray that you may find strength and comfort in the loving presence of Christ, who promised to be with his people always,” they said.
“As church leaders, we join together in calling all our people to pray. As we begin the journey through Holy Week towards Good Friday and Easter, we invite all Christians from across the whole church to join in prayer on Palm Sunday, remembering that we should only gather to pray within our own households, in line with government advice,” they said.
They also paid tribute to all involved in health and social care for their courage in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.