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Palm Sunday 2015

Posted on by royvickery |

014Sunday 29 March 2015, Palm Sunday, was a grey and damp day.  Two Catholic places of worship in London were visited to see what they were using as ‘palm’.

The French Catholic church of Notre Dame de France, in Leicester Place, Soho, was visited at 10.30 a.m.  In the past (1979) the church used twigs of box (Buxus sempervirens) as palm, but in 2015 these had been replaced by standard palm crosses.

Later Westminster Cathedral was visited,  Here palm fronds were available, and if requested a man at the back of the church folded these into crosses, or demonstrated how to do so for those who wanted to make their own.  Some people preferred to plait the fronds into other, presumably traditional, designs.

Details of plants used as ‘palm’ elsewhere would be appreciated.

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