“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven.”

A good number swelled by visitors joined in our walk of remembrance and witness on a beautiful but chilly Palm Sunday morning.

Photograph courtesy of Molly Seybold Photography

Once again, Solomon the donkey joined us on our walk and led our procession from the school along the Warren Road towards Warren Hill. The children waved flags and others carried banners. We also took turns in carrying a large wooden cross.

Photograph courtesy of Molly Seybold Photography

As it was Brighton Marathon day, Woodingdean was extra busy with cars and buses being diverted through the village. Many people waved and tooted their horns at our procession and no doubt some wondered what on earth we were doing!

Photograph courtesy of Molly Seybold Photography

Before setting out, Malcolm encouraged us whilst on the walk to remember and remind ourselves about the humble king who came to die; to be mindful of His sacrifice and ultimate victory and the hope that He brings and offers to each person. The Bible tells us that Jesus cried over the lost who shunned His offer of love and salvation. We can’t trust in our own strength to save us. It is all about Jesus!

For many on that first Palm Sunday, their “hosannas”, their exclamation of praise and adoration quickly turned to fear and contempt which was eventually replaced less than a week later with “crucify Him.” This Palm Sunday, we cry out – Hosanna! Help us! Save us!