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Bringing Holy Week to our homes


As parishes around the country find new ways to keep their communities connected in their faith, Deacon Tee Ping Koh has found one way to bring Palm Sunday to people’s doorsteps.

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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.”


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