Extra passion at Sunday’s service
PALM fronds were waved and hymns were sung yesterday morning as a special service at St Carthage's Cathedral, Lismore, marking one of the holy days of the Christian calendar: Palm (or Passion) Sunday.
With a special procession on the front lawn to begin the service, Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett of Lismore Diocese welcomed the worshippers to the ceremony.
"(This week) is at the very heart of our year," he explained later in the day.
"All of the energy for us, who belong to the church, comes from that."
"That's why we make such a big fuss of it: we live it, we express it."
Bishop Jarrett said it was such a powerful thing that across the world this week, services are being held in all different countries, but all in the same spirit.
"The same prayers are being used, that same Scriptures are being used," Bishop Jarrett said.
"Everything that's happening in the Vatican, we'll be doing in Lismore."
He also said this year's celebrations had the potential to be a little extra special.
"We're seeing a new energy because we have a new Pope this year," he said.
"Pope Francis has taken us by surprise. People will expect that he is a man that will bring about a lot of healing."
Bishop Jarrett said that Pope Francis will have to "confront terrible problems", but that is not something so much out of the ordinary.
"Church always has problems, there's never been a time church hasn't had problems - where people squabble or people fail to live what they profess," Bishop Jarrett said.
However, he said, more doing things that are "good in themselves, that help other people and make the world a happier place," and this can be seen in full force during the Easter period.
- Falls on the Sunday before Easter.
- Commemorates Jesus Christ's triumphant arrival back in Jerusalem after he raised Lazarus from the dead, as told in the Bible.