The Blackwood parish deacon and his wife Mary Ann, who is in Singapore, came up with the idea of putting a decoration of Eucalyptus leaves on our front doors, similar to the tradition of Christmas wreaths.
“Holy Week is such a big event in our lives, so I felt that we needed to do something to connect everyone up as the Church in a concrete way,” he explained.
“In my daily ring around to parishioners in Blackwood, I picked up the ‘emptiness’ and the desperation in wanting to do something.”
He said hanging a bunch of gum leaves on your front door was a “very Aussie way” of celebrating Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week.
“The palm is a symbol of triumph indicative of Jesus’ victory that brings hope, peace and salvation,” he said.
“While we are separated due to COVID-19, lets us unite as a Church by placing a bunch, or a wreath, of Aussie gum leaves on our front door as a sign of our unity in Christ.”