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Palm Sunday Eucharist - St Paul's Cathedral Sale

April 4th, 2020

This video resource offers viewers a chance to participate remotely in a Eucharist with blessing of palm crosses and a reading of the Passion for Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020. The service was recorded at St Paul’s Cathedral, Sale, with Dean Susanna Pain officiating and The Rev’d Nikolai Blaskow assisting. Cathedral organist, Mr Anthony Hahn, played for this service, and the guidelines issued by the Prime Minister this week for the pre-recording and live-streaming of religious services were carefully observed.

In the homily, I offer Part 1 of a four-part series, ‘Through the Eyes of Mary Magdalene’. Parts 2-4 will be included in the services for the Triduum to follow on Mandy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

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You may like to practice the tradition of ‘spiritual communion’ as you watch and listen, and especially at the point of distribution of the Sacrament in this video.

The following prayer may be helpful: O Lord Jesus Christ, through your tender mercy grant that as the hem of your garment, touched in faith, healed the woman who could not touch your body, so the soul of this your servant may be healed by like faith in you, whom I cannot now sacramentally receive. In union with the faithful at every altar-table in your Church I desire to be united with you, and pray that you will come spiritually into my heart. Let nothing ever separate me from your love, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

This audio file is available for those with limited data availability.

Please feel free to share this resource with anyone you feel may benefit from it. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling: one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. (Eph 4:5-6)

May we draw on the unity that is ours in Christ all the more deeply in these days when we feel the pain of separation. Grace and peace, +Richard