Donkey leads Palm Sunday procession in Finsbury Park

Worshippers gathered for their annual Palm Sunday service with procession led by a donkey

Patrick the donkey led a procession of worshippers at the traditional Palm Sunday service in Finsbury Park. It is the fifth year that Christian churches in and around Finsbury Park have gathered to hold an ecumenical service to bless the palms on the Sunday before Easter.

The feast commemorates Christ’s procession into Jerusalem on a donkey where he was greeted by crowds waving palm fronds.

Modern Day worshippers carry palms which are blessed at the service.

A congregation from St Andrew of Bethune Road, St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, St Olave’s Anglican Church, St John the Evangelist Anglican Church and The Methodist United Reform Church of Finsbury Park gathered together for the service outside the Manor house gates to Finsbury Park.

The Right Reverend Dr George Lasebikan, the Bishop of Ondo Diocese in Nigeria addressed the ecumenical congregation at this year’s service.

After the blessing of the palms, the crowd of 200 headed down Seven Sisters Road in a procession led by the donkey to a musical accompaniment of drums and tambourines.

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Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week when Christians around the world prepare for Good Friday and Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.