Easter is right around the corner and although Britons must remain at home, there is still scope for a different bank holiday weekend. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead as described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans.
The Easter bank holiday weekend will start on Good Friday, April 10 this year.
A couple of days later Palm Sunday takes place on Sunday, April 12.
On Palm Sunday many churches would normally pass out palm leaves to be waved in victory and kept in homes as a daily reminder of the victory of Christ.
One way people have given more meaning to the palm leaf is to form it into the shape of a cross.
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This symbolises the ultimate victory of Christ was his sacrifice.
This year, however, the Church of England will stay closed over Easter.
Since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown measures on March 23, churches only allow funerals and cremations to go ahead.
Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given.
“Our church buildings must now be closed not only for public worship but for private prayer as well and this includes the priest or layperson offering prayer in church on their own.
“A notice explaining this should be put on the church door. We must take a lead in showing our communities how we must behave in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.”
How to make a palm cross
Since churches won’t give out palm leaves this year, you can buy the necessary material by typing in Palm Fronds for Palm Sunday on Google.
The fronds come pre-cut and bound into sections making it easier to make the cross.
Each frond has two sections, so to make it easier to folk, pull the two sections apart and peel off any hanging pieces.
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Once you have a nice strip, cut a little off the bottom at an angle and cut a bit off the top to make weaving easier.
Your first bend, which will determine the length of the finish cross, will be towards you.
Fold the front section to the right, making an angled crease at the point where you want the crossbar to be.
When this is done, take the section pointing to the right and bend it around the back of the cross so it points to the left.
Take the section pointing to the left and bend it around the front of the cross so it points to the right again.
For the next step, don’t bend, but flip. Turn the cross around so the section pointing to the right points left.
Take the section pointing to the left and bend it around the front of the cross so it points right.
Now, to make the arms of the cross make a bend in the section pointing to the right, and fold it (don’t crease) towards you, so that it now points left.
Make another bend towards you forming the left-hand section of the crossbar.
At the centre of the crossbars, make an angled crease so that the end of the frond now points up.
Take the tip of the frond and thread it behind the sections of the crossbar and the horizontal layers you made when wrapping the frond.
You want the tip to slide down against the vertical part of the cross.
Pull the end snug, making sure to hold onto the centre so the cross doesn’t come loose.
Thread the tip of the frond again behind the crossbars and right up against the vertical part of the cross and you’re finished!
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