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).
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.
+Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 (Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem)
Isaiah 50:4-7 (God’s noble servant is not deterred by suffering and insult)
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 “My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?”
Philippians 2:6-11 (because Jesus emptied Himself, God has exalted Him)
+Mark 14:1-15:47 (Jesus’ Passion and death)
are emptied of their leaves,
our backs of clothes,
the alabaster jar,
of sweet perfume
for Jesus’ sake.
But there will never be
a greater emptying
than what God did
Do I begrudge Jesus the sacrifices I (or others) make for Him?
Is the sacrifice He made for me in vain?