This morning Archbishop George Stack celebrated the 11:00 Mass at St David’s Cathedral to mark the start of the most important week in the Christian calendar, Holy Week. The cathedral was full for the celebration which began in the glorious sunshine opposite the cathedral at the Cornerstone at St David’s, the new Diocesan social outreach project that has just been awarded major funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This first day of Holy Week is traditional called Palm Sunday. We recall Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey as people waved palms and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David!”. The celebration began with the distribution and blessing of Palms and recounting the Gospel story. The congregation was then led across the road into the cathedral by the Cathedral Choir who sang Hosanna! People passing through Charles Street stopped and watch the procession and listened to the choir.
This marks the start of a week of celebrations and devotions recalling the Passion and Death of Jesus, leading into the great celebration of the Resurrection at Easter.