To mark the beginning of Holy Week, a Palm Sunday Procession and Eucharist took place on Sunday 10th April at Winchester Cathedral.

The Palm Sunday procession departed from Winchester Castle, outside the Great Hall to Winchester Cathedral via the high street, accompanied by Dermot the donkey, palms and hymns. Following the arrival of the procession to the cathedral, a Eucharist service took place.

Later in the day, a service called ‘The Way of the Cross- Vespers for Palm Sunday’ took place, which included special music, readings and lights, in preparation for Holy Week.

Dean Catherine Ogle said:

“It was wonderful to bring so many people together for the Palm Sunday procession through the city again this year. The Cathedral choir led the singing beautifully, and of course, Dermott the donkey played a starring role too!

“Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week in the approach to Easter.  This is the most profound and moving week of the Christian calendar.  We invite people to join us, whatever their background, they will be very warmly welcomed. This year, the focus for Holy Week and Easter is ‘Hope in Darkness’ as our prayers continue to be with Ukraine and all those caught up in conflict. Even in the darkness of times, Easter shows us that love wins.”