Palm Sunday procession puts Easter message in the heart of Sydney
On 30 March 2015, tourists and diners may have gone to Sydney’s Circular Quay to savour fine food and weather but it was Wesley Mission’s re-enactment of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday that had thousands of harbor-side patrons downing their forks and grabbing their cameras.
Dressed in impressive period costume, Jesus, played by 23 year-old drama student Brendan Paul, rode a donkey along the Circular Quay foreshore followed by hundreds of palm-waving followers praising their King of Kings in song and music.
Close onlookers were quickly clutching their phones, photographing the event and requesting photos with Jesus and his donkey.
“It’s about Jesus…it’s Palm Sunday,” a father explained to his young son.
After heading along the eastern foreshore, the procession moved west across the Quay to end at First Fleet Park. Here, celebrations continued with drama and musical performances from Wesley Mission’s Chinese and Samoan choirs and various other artists. A jumping castle, face painting and popcorn kept children and their mums and dads active and entertained.
“The reality of Palm Sunday is that it is the way of the cross,” the CEO of Wesley Mission, the Rev Dr Keith V Garner said.
“We can reflect with great thankfulness that Jesus has given us his great love, laid down his life, and opened up a whole new world through his resurrection.”
The occasion began a week of powerful Easter events, re-enactments and more than 25 worship services at Wesley Mission.