Special Edition : ‘Hosanna in the Highest, Ecumenical Service’

Palestine Update 455 – Special Edition

‘Hosanna in the Highest, Ecumenical Service’

To be screened via Zoom on Saturday 27th March, the day before Palm Sunday
5:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney / 9.30 AM Jerusalem summer time


The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network in Australia and Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre in Jerusalem are organizing a joint Ecumenical service. As we mark the beginning of Passion Week, clergy and lay people from Australia and Palestine will offer prayers, praise, readings and reflections proclaiming the liberation and presence of God even as we acknowledge the situation in the Holy Land today. This is a unique event providing the opportunity for Christians around the world to worship together at this significant time of the year.

 Australian participants in the service include:

  • Bianca Manning (from Common Grace)

  • Bishop Richard Condie (Bishop of Tasmania in the Anglican church)

  • Rob Floyd (Associate General Secretary, Uniting Church in Australia Assembly)

  • Rev Dr Katherine Rainger (Anglican Diocese of Canberra-Goulburn)

  • Andrew Menzies (Senior Pastor at Mitcham Baptist church)

  • Helen Rainger (President of PIEN)

  • And musicians and singers from Brunswick Uniting Church music group

From Palestine we will be joined by a number of Palestinian Christians from many denominations that you will delight in meeting and hearing from. A very special element will be the Gospel reading from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (the church that is purported to be the site near where Jesus was crucified and the site of his empty tomb). Permission is rarely granted for filming to occur within this sacred church, so we are extremely honoured and grateful for this opportunity. What a significant way for Christians in Australia and other parts of the world, to see inside this most holy of places at such a commemorative time, particularly as travel to the Holy land is currently unavailable.