"We just need the city to understand that people care and want the city to be glorious," said LaRissa Wise, also a member of Enon Baptist.

It made sense for congregants from the cathedral to participate, because, "Our initiatives have been all over the city," said David Koch, of Roland Park, who came with his wife, Ann, and their son, Julian, a seventh grader at the Mount Washington School.

Ministers crowded around the door to City Hall, where they prayed for all who enter its doors.

"We pray for the people of the city, especially its children," said the Rev. Canon Sara Shisler Goff, of the cathedral. "Together, we are stronger than we are apart."

After the service, participants walked around City Hall in a processional, and then to the War Memorial building, where a homeless man stood alone at the top of the steps, near the doors.

St. James member Howard Easley, of northeast Baltimore, walked up the steps and handed the man a palm frond.

"God bless," Easley said.

As the crowd dispersed, the contingent from the cathedral began its trek up St. Paul Street and handed fronds to several sheriff's deputies.

"I'm not too tired," said Quentin, the cathedral youth member, as the group crossed Lafayette Street. He was glad to participate, he said, because, "I think it definitely helps get the word out that things need to change."

As the group crossed North Avenue, something unexpected happened. A group of eighth and ninth graders from the confirmation class at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, in Homeland, was walking the other way, as part of a Palm Sunday day of service.

The 16 students and two teachers had just worshiped at St. Michael and All Angels, a nearby Episcopal church, and were catching a No. 13 bus to do a spring cleanup at a community center in east Baltimore.

'We're calling it our urban adventure," said Redeemer teacher Matt Buck.