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Russian Orthodox Palm Sunday -1

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R0 PS 013R0 PS 018Attended a crowded liturgy at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God, Ennismore Gardens, London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, on the morning of 24 April 2016.

R0 PS 003Small bunches of Alexandrian laurel (Danae racemosa) and rather dead-looking baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata) were available from a table outside the cathedral entrance.  Many people bought these, though a few brought their own bunches of willow (Salix) twigs, which are probably more ‘traditional’.  It was apparent that these twigs which were covered in dry, immature male catkins had been purchased, rather than gathered, by those who brought them.  The entrance to the cathedral was decorated with an arch of palm leaves, and similar leaves were tied to the pillars inside.

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