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Palm/Passion Sunday

March 24, 2013


Blessed Palm Sunday!

We are entering into the most holy days of the Church year,
intensifying our preparation to unite ourselves with Jesus in His Passion and death
as He leads us through tragedy into triumph.
You will notice that we do not celebrate any saints this week or next.
Nothing may interrupt these high holy days.

The palms we receive today are blessed–they’re sacramentals (sources of grace)
that are intended to remind us of Jesus’ victory over sin and death
(palms have long been symbols of victory).
That means they must be treated with reverence.
One common practise is to make crosses of them
and tuck these crosses behind holy pictures or crucifixes hanging in your home.
Instructions for making simple palm crosses can be found here.
If you need to dispose of old palms (or scraps from making palm crosses),
they should be reverently burned or buried in a place that will not be disturbed–
not thrown away (this is true of all blessed items of devotion).

Entrance Antiphon:
Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel.
Hosanna in the highest.

Almighty, ever-living God,
who as an example of humility for the human race to follow
caused our Savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross,
graciously grant that we may heed His lesson of patient suffering
and so merit a share in His resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

+Luke 19:28-40 (Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem)
Isaiah 50:4-7 (God’s messenger is not deterred by violence)
Psalm 22:8-24 “My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?”
Philippians 2:6-11 (Jesus emptied Himself)
+Luke 22:14-23:56 (the Passion)

He’s finally agreed
to let us praise Him!

We’ve been wanting
to extol Him
for some time,
our souls a-burst
to lift Him high
and make Him king!
…but He’s refused.
He’s slipped away
’till now–
till now!
as He rides into David’s city
on a mount like that
which carried David’s son,
anointed king!
(cf. I Kings 1:33-40)

We can’t keep silent!
This is what
we’ve panted for
our whole life long!

Messiah’s come!

Things will be different
from now on!

He lets us have
our grand parade
because He’s finally
on His way
to take His throne
upon a tree
to wear His crown
of thorns.

As we stand shocked
to silence,
rocks cry out.

The earth quaked,
boulders split,
tombs opened
~Matthew 27:52

Have you ever found yourself dumbfounded by God’s way of doing things?
Are you willing to humble yourself enough to ask Him to teach you to see things His way?

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