Unexpected guests to lead church procession

Pam Barker with the shield.
Pam Barker with the shield.

There will be some unexpected elements in Lancaster Priory’s Sunday service on Palm Sunday, April 13.

The service will be starting in Lancaster Castle Courtyard, when the traditional Palm Crosses will be distributed to congregation members who assemble there at 9.45am.

Palm Sunday remembers how Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey before his crucifixion on the first Good Friday.

For the first time, the church procession will be led by a donkey, provided by the Constable of Lancaster Castle and owner of two donkeys, Pam Barker.

Holly and Barsha will lead the congregation into the Priory church, and after the service, they will be waiting outside to greet the younger members of the church, who have been invited to bring chopped carrots, apples and mints to give as treats to the donkeys.