Sunday, March 28, 2010

Palm Crosses



Today Christians around the world will be celebrating Palm Sunday. The ladies of my church, Independent Presbyterian Church, spent Friday morning making these lovely crosses for all of us to wear today in rememberance. It's a technique that I admire but have not learned. I guess I'm just pleased to just watch them and be able to photograph the beautiful results.


19 comments:

Cloudia said...

I never tire of the dear palm trees here!





Aloha & Joyous Palm Sunday,
from Hawaii my Friend


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Jilly said...

Lovely photos, Virginia. Love that you've shown the hands working.

Yvi said...

Thanks for showing us...

The palm cross looks great...and I think it`s hard work to make them...

Julie said...

*sigh*

Dina said...

The pictures and mood are lovely.

Here is a companion to them:
http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/03/palm-sunday-preparations.html

Wishing you a joyous Palm Sunday.

Louis la Vache said...

Dina has already written what «Louis» was thinking!

Blessings to you as we enter Holy Week.

altadenahiker said...

I remember you introduced me to this wonderful custom last year. What I don't remember is whether the crosses are actually made from pieces of palm frond.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I've never seen them so tiny. what a great idea. I love the photo of the woman's hands making one.
Happy Palm Sunday!

B SQUARED said...

May the joy of The Season be with you and yours!

Birdman said...

Wonderful hands portrait.

Virginia said...

Yes, these are palm fronds that are stripped into these tiiny slivers and wound to make these wonderful crosses. I have mine on right now!
V

Ken Mac said...

love the shade of green you captured V

-K- said...

I had no idea it was Palm Sunday until I went downtown and saw all the people selling their very intricate palms.

But I certainly wasn't able to get "big hands, tiny cross" shot like you.

Bob Crowe said...

That is just so very good. Elderly handy still full of dexterity and obviously lovingly at work.

Chuck Pefley said...

Nicely portrayed, V. I envy people with the manual dexterity to be able to do that kind of fine hand work!

TheChieftess said...

Wonderful hands shot...very expressive...

jb said...

seriously good image, V

Gunn said...

To me this is a very nice shot of "working hands".
Beautiful composition and light too.

dinah toro said...

I remember making these when I went St-Mary's-on-the-Highlands in Birmingham. We sat at tables in Randolph Hall with palm strips, scissors, straight pins ad huge buckets of water. We folded then pinned a pin on the back then pit them in wayer to stay fresh for Palm Sunday. They were blessed by the priest then given out. When Palm Sunday was over we were either to bury the cross in the earth or return it to be burned for ashes for the next year's Ash Wednesday.
No throwing anything blessed in the trash!!!