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Sunday 5 April

The Palm Cross

On Palm Sunday everyone attending their church is usually given a palm cross to take away.  Sadly this year will be different – but please do make a cross of your own.If you don't happen to have any palm fronds lying around, thin card works just as well. I used the video in this page - you can skip the first few minutes before the actual demo. It seemed easier to follow than some others, though be ready to stop and rewind!

Here’s a simple prayer idea from the Life Events Team at the Church of England Support Hub, to use at home while holding the palm cross.

Each point of the cross links to a theme

Hold the cross in your right hand and then place your left thumb on the left ‘crosspiece’. Pray for the world, in these or similar words:
Loving God, thank you that your peace reaches into every situation across our world. Be close to those places that need peace this day. Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer

Place your left thumb on the right of the ‘crosspiece’ and pray for people in need in these or similar words:
Loving God, thank you that your hope reaches into every situation. Be close to those who are ill or sad this day. Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer

Place your left thumb on the base of the ‘crosspiece’: Pray for the community where you live in using these or similar words:
Loving God, thank you that your joy reaches into our homes. Help us to know that you are with us every day. Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer.

Place your thumb on top of the ‘crosspiece’: Pray for those who lead in the church and teach us about Jesus:
Loving God, thank you that your love is shared through your church. Give wisdom to those who help us to know the Good News of Jesus. Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer

Place your thumb in centre of the ‘crosspiece’: Pray for yourself, in these or similar words:
Loving God, thank you for Jesus and the love he showed for me. Help me to follow him more and more each day. Amen.