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story appeared in Catholic News, April 26, 2009
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Members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul joined the wider society for the Annual Palm Sunday Walk organised by the National Secretariat of the Society of St Vincent de Paul on Sunday April 5.

The walk started at two major points – Nazareth House on Duncan Street, Port of Spain and the Cyril Ross Nursery in Tunapuna. The palms were blessed by our past Spiritual Director, Fr Rudy Mohammed and were then distributed at both venues.

Members gathered at both venues as early as 7:00 a.m. to participate and commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, when great crowds of people thronged the streets waving palm branches to welcome Him.

At both venues, an opening prayer followed by a decade of the Rosary was prayed on the compound and after this, all proceeded to the streets of the east-west corridor as witnesses to their faith that the palm branches did in fact signify the victory of Christ the King over death and sin.

As we all made our way to Holy Family Parish, Mount Lambert where Holy Mass was celebrated, the mysteries of the Holy Rosary were said, followed by hymns of praise and dedication.

Fr Cornelius Phillip reads the Gospel recalling the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem at the end of the SVP Palm Sunday Walk at Mount Lambert

Both young and old Vincentians were present to participate in the walk, which was indeed an inspiration to the onlookers who lined the streets as they themselves clapped and sang songs of praise in solidarity with what was taking place before their eyes. Some persons, even in their cars and the maxi taxis were quite grateful to receive a palm or two.

At around 9:45a.m. both groups met at the Mount Lambert junction and continued along the way towards the meeting point where the choir, altar servers and priest of the Mount Lambert community met for the commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem. The very charismatic and vibrant Fr Cornelius Phillip, FMI then celebrated holy Mass.

To all who were present, the Palm Sunday Walk was indeed a demonstration of our faith and all were eager to commence Holy Week in anticipation of Easter.

On behalf of the National President, Br Rudolph Boneo, a heartfelt thank you goes out to the organisers of the event as well as to Fr Cornelius Phillip and members of the Mt Lambert community for the preparations they made.

Members of the Police Service, the Red Cross Society and St John’s Ambulance were also recognised for their continued support in this event. We look forward to next year!
– Natalie Walters – Chairperson, SVP PR Committee

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