In Jerusalem for his third day, Jesus spends his time teaching in the Temple where the wary chief priests ask him, without direct success, by what authority he acts and speaks.
The most famous incident is the trick question from the Pharisees asking whether they should pay taxes to Caesar.
Holding up a coin , Jesus says: “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what belongs to God.”
This is what Christians remember when they have to disobey a law which goes against Christian teaching –such situations arose in Nazi Germany and communist states.
He also pointed out the old lady putting two small value coins in the collecting box saying: “This poor widow has put in more than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.”
Later, when sitting on the Mount of Olives, Jesus begins a long discourse. In the evening Jesus and his small party almost certainly return to Bethany for the night.
Sunday is Palm Sunday when the main church service begins with an outdoor procession.
This is the liturgical re-enactment of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. The original route will be walked this afternoon by a large ecumenical procession faithfully going downhill and through the nearest gateway into walled Old Jerusalem
But where our own procession starts in our parish is to us Bethany or maybe nearby Bethphage where Christ mounted the donkey.
Our church will become our Jerusalem for the week where we recall the events of the first Holy Week in real time.
All Hallows-by-the-Tower starts at 11am in St Dunstan in the East (now a ruin and garden) in Idol Lane EC3. The procession will cross the London Landmarks Half Marathon course on its way to Tower Hill.
St Albans Cathedral congregation meets at 9.30am by the Clock Tower in the High Street. Expect a donkey.
At Ripon Cathedral the Blessing of Palms is in the market square at 10am with the new Bishop of Ripon Helen-Ann presiding. The procession, with Lily the donkey, makes its way along Kirkgate to the cathedral as hymns are sung .
York Minister meeting point for Blessing of Palms is St Helen’s Square (outside Betty’s tearooms) at 9.45am before the procession along Stonegate to the Minster.
CLOCKS CHANGE Don’t miss a procession. Clocks change this Saturday night. They go forward.
DATE CHANGE The 25 March date is usually the Annunciation but this year that celebration is postponed for two weeks until Monday 9 April.
If you are keeping the north-west tradition of eating Carlin Peas this coming Sunday, Passion Sunday or Carling Sunday, you will need to soak them overnight.
COOKING INSTRUCTIONS for four people:
Soak 12 oz carlin peas in cold water overnight.
Drain and put them in a saucepan of boiling water with a pinch of salt.
Boil for up to an hour or until cooked but not mushy.
Melt a little beef dripping, butter or oil in a frying pan. Drain the carlins and add to the pan. Fry for two to three minutes.
Serve hot with salt, pepper and maybe vinegar.