Rev. Douglas Deer, pastor, First Baptist Church, delivers the homily when Cooperstown’s congregations gathered Sunday, April 17, on Main Street, for an ecumenical blessing of the palms. Other local clergy are, from left, Rev. Mark Michael, rector, Christ Episcopal Church; Rev. Elsie Rhodes, pastor, Cooperstown Congregational Church; Rev. John P. Rosson, pastor, St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church, and Rev. Sundar Samuel, pastor, United Methodist Church. According to the New Testament, palms were strewn in front of Jesus when he entered Jerusalem in the days leading up to his death.
|The service ended to the sound of brass from the horns of Katherine Resnick, Ted Peters and Brent Leonard.|