Episcopalians continue to draw attention by taking church services into the streets. Last night, Channel 6 in Philadelphia was one of a number of stations around the country that carried stories on Palm Sunday processions.
At Saint Thomas African Episcopal Church on Lancaster Avenue, Sunday service began outside.
The palms gave a tangible connection to the gospel accounts of how the people of Jerusalem spread branches and cheered for Jesus as he rode into the city on a donkey.
Pedro from a petting zoo near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania was the donkey stand-in for a symbolic procession around the block to the church.
“It was on this day, Jesus made triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his last week on earth,” said Father Martini Shaw.