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Orthodox Palm Sunday, London, 2019

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Visited the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia’s Cathedral of  the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God and the Holy Royal Martyrs, in Harvard Road, Chiswick, London Borough of Hounslow, for their 10 a.m. service, and later visited St Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Cranbourne Gardens, Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, for their service which was advertised to take place between 8.00 a.m. and 1.30 p.m., on 21 April 2019, the Orthodox Palm Sunday.  Both churches were crowded.

At the Russian Orthodox Cathedral a few people brought their own palms, bunches of dried willow (Salix sp.) sometimes with evergreens, but most people bought their palms – bunches of dried willow, and a small palm cross, held together by an elastic band – from women inside the church.

At the Coptic Orthodox Church palm fronds were available just inside the church’s entrance, and some people, including a group of young women sat outside of the church’s steps, were weaving elaborate designs, or small crosses, from these.  Thus the activities were very similar to those observed at St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church, in Kensington, on Palm Sunday 2017, but people were reluctant to be photographed.

Images:  upper left, palm as sold by women inside the Russian Orthodox Cathedral; upper right, worshipper leaving the Cathedral; lower, Coptic Orthodox Church, all taken 21 April 2019.


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