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Sydney Harbour foreshore plays host to Palm Sunday re-enactment

22 March 2018 Media releases

Quay-side diners, tourists and onlookers will witness an extraordinary event this Sunday in Sydney as Wesley Mission re-enacts Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to begin Holy Week and the key events of Easter.

Palm Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday in recognition of the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ final journey to the cross and His crucifixion. It remains one of the most important days on the Christian calendar.

On the day Jesus entered Jerusalem, people waved palm fronds and laid them in his path as was the custom of a high-ranking person.

“Jesus entered Jerusalem not on the back of a thoroughbred horse, but a donkey,” said Wesley Mission CEO the Rev Keith Garner.

“Those who welcomed him did so not with military or political fanfare but with palm branches. He came not with the extravagance of a world leader or popular celebrity but with humility and grace, knowing that his entry was part of a bigger journey that would eventually lead him to the cross.”

Hundreds of palm waving people will join or watch the re-enactment event as they follow Jesus from Phillip St (under the Cahill Expressway) at Circular Quay along its eastern foreshore and back. The crowd will be joined in songs and harmonies by Wesley Mission’s Samoan congregation choir.

The procession begins at 1.30 pm where Phillip Street meets Circular Quay. People should begin assembling from 1.15 pm near Phillip Street at Circular Quay.

Free Event: Palm Sunday Procession
Date: Sunday 25 March 2018
Start time: 1.30 pm
Where: Philip Street, Circular Quay 

The occasion begins a week of powerful Easter events, re-enactments and more than 25 worship services at Wesley Mission.