Palm processions

We have entered Passiontide and next Sunday 17 April is Palm Sunday.

There are a number of good outdoor palm processions in London.

The St Martin-in-the-Fields procession starts at 9.45am on the edge of St James’s Park just beyond Admiralty Arch. Here the palms are blessed. There will be a donkey, choir and Salvation Army band for the route through the arch and across Trafalgar Square for the entry into church -which on this day and for the week represents Jerusalem.

St Mary’s, Primrose Hill starts on top of Primrose Hill at 10.15am. The procession moves downhill, as the first procession did, for Mass in the church.

The Solemmn Mass at St James’s Spanish Place starts at 10.15am in the mews behind nearby Durrants Hotel. The processional route is along along George Street W1 to the church.

Two ancient communities and buildings are linked when Smithfield’s St Bartholomew the Great congregation gathers at 11am in the chapel at Charterhouse for the blessing of palms. The procession will move off at about 11.15am to make its way across Charterhouse Square and down Cloth Fair to the priory church for the Solemn Eucharist.

Southwark Cathedral‘s procession begins at 11am in Borough Market.

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