Our procession today~ Palm Sunday~ began in the parish hall, where we gathered to hear Luke's Gospel account of Jesus' triumphant entrance into Jerusalem six days before the Passover. (Lk 19:28-40)
We processed with our blessed palms across the street and in to the church, singing and praising God.
The rain cleared just in time for our procession!
Joseph had the honor of serving as cross-bearer.
He asked to come home early from his Scout camp-out so as not to miss this opportunity.
Peter was a candle-bearer, and Zachary was acolyte.
For five weeks of Lent we have been preparing, by works of charity and self-sacrifice, for the celebration of our Lord's paschal mystery. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world. Christ entered in triumph into his own city, to complete his work as our Messiah: to suffer, to die, and to rise again.
Let us remember with devotion this entry which began his saving work and follow him with a lively faith. United with him ins his suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life.
(today's opening prayer)
We take our blessed palms home, as reminders of our Lord's entrance into his Passion.
We now begin Holy Week.
A week set apart from all others.