Published : Monday, April 15, 2019 | 5:40 AM
Palm-leaf carrying parishioners of All Saints Church in downtown Pasadena said they were connecting the story of Jesus’ Palm Sunday march into Jerusalem with the current stories of “those marching to challenge state-sponsored oppression” on Sunday at Pasadena City Hall
“It is time to challenge the church for its complicity with the state in the evisceration of the Gospel values of love, justice and compassion,” said All Saints Rector the Reverend Mike Kinman.
“There is no better day to do that than Palm Sunday and there is no better way to do it than the way Jesus did – with a march through the streets to the center of civic power.”
Led by mariachis at both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services, parish members march out of the church located at 132 North Euclid and proceeded a short distance to Pasadena City Hall’s east-facing steps.
The marchers carried both the traditional palms and signs of solidarity with current social causes, including LGBTQ issues and Black Lives Matters.
Congregants re-enacted the trial of Jesus on the steps of City Hall.
“Palm Sunday is our struggle and our struggle is not easy,” said Kinman. “We have our bodies and spirits and the justice of our cause of life, love and liberation. And this Palm Sunday we will be acting out our struggle with this powerful witness as 21st-century followers of Jesus.”
All Saints clergy have led marches before. On July 10, 2016 they suspended “business as usual” to focus on violence that targets black people when church leaders, parishioners and members of the public joined in a silent prayer march on downtown streets.
All Saints Church is at 132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena.