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Daffodils and furry friends as spring arrives at St Peter’s church in Aldborough Hatch

PUBLISHED: 13:26 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34 27 March 2018

The Rev Kate Lovesey with donkeys Elizabeth and Valentine at the Palm Sunday procession at St Peter�s Church in Aldborough Hatch. Photo: Ron Jeffries

The Rev Kate Lovesey with donkeys Elizabeth and Valentine at the Palm Sunday procession at St Peter�s Church in Aldborough Hatch. Photo: Ron Jeffries

Ron Jeffries

Spring has arrived in Aldborough Hatch at last! and St Peter’s church marked the start of Holy Week with a Palm Sunday procession.

The Rev Kate Lovesey with donkeys Elizabeth and Valentine at the Palm Sunday procession at St Peter�s Church in Aldborough Hatch. Photo: Ron JeffriesThe Rev Kate Lovesey with donkeys Elizabeth and Valentine at the Palm Sunday procession at St Peter�s Church in Aldborough Hatch. Photo: Ron Jeffries

St Peter’s Church, Aldborough Hatch, marked the start of Holy Week with a Palm Sunday procession led by a pair of donkeys.

Mother and son Elizabeth and Valentine are donkeys from Willow Farm just down the road and were welcomed and blessed by priest-in-charge, the Rev Kate Lovesey.

The procession marks the start of Holy Week which recounts Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, his crucifixion and resurrection on Easter Sunday

In many Catholic and Episcopal communities, worship services on Palm Sunday include a procession of the faithful carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem.

The Rev Kate Lovesey with donkeys Elizabeth and Valentine at the Palm Sunday procession at St Peter�s Church in Aldborough Hatch. Photo: Ron JeffriesThe Rev Kate Lovesey with donkeys Elizabeth and Valentine at the Palm Sunday procession at St Peter�s Church in Aldborough Hatch. Photo: Ron Jeffries

The Palm Sunday procession wasn’t the only sign of spring though as thousands of colourful daffodils, crocus and tulips that have been planted 
by volunteers over the past three years have finally come into full bloom in the 
churchyard.


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