St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown celebrated Palm Sunday with the blessing of palms on the front steps of the South Street church, followed by a procession along the street, through the parking lot and into the nave led by Aspen the donkey.
During the church school hour, youngsters, teachers and parents learned about the Passover seder such as Jesus might have eaten with his disciples. Then they enjoyed a modified Middle Eastern feast that included a few American sweets to celebrate four children’s birthdays.
After services, parishioners distributed palm crosses made by families in Tanzania that included a Palm Sunday prayer and a listing of St. Peter’s worship services.
Holy Week services continue tonight at 7:30 p.m. with Tenebrae, a service of prayers and music, candlelight and darkness.
Maundy Thursday services will be Holy Communion at 12:10 p.m. and Holy Communion with foot washing and the stripping of the altar at 7:30 p.m., followed by a night watch in the chapel at 9 p.m.
Good Friday services will be a children’s service at 10 a.m., a noon service and a choral service at 7:30 p.m. with the Rev. Philip Cato, former St. Peter’s assistant, preaching.
Saturday brings the Great Vigil of Easter at 7:30 p.m.
Easter will feature Holy Communion at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., with choir at the two later services. An egg hunt will be held in the graveyard following the 9 a.m. service.