ABOVE PHOTO: African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas (Photo credit: St. Thomas)
On this coming Sunday, April 9, 2017, (Palm Sunday), at 9:45 A.M., the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas will mark the beginning of the Holy Week observance with: The blessing and distribution of palms, neighborhood procession being led by a donkey and the Holy Eucharist.
“This day marks the triumphal entry of Jesus to the city of Jerusalem, days before his crucifixion (Good Friday). This Holy Week, as our country finds itself in the midst of great division, may Christ enter our hearts and unite us as one People of God,” said 17th Rector, Fr. Martini Shaw.
The Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas was founded in 1792 as the first Black Episcopal Church in the USA. The first Black priest, the Rev. Absalom Jones, served as the first rector of the parish. The Church also has the distinction and honor of being the oldest Black church in the city of Philadelphia. The church is located at 6361 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, 19151.
All are welcome to attend.