Next week, April 4, is Palm Sunday, yes
already! The liturgy calls for a solemn procession into the church with
the assembly carrying palm fronds and singing “Hosanna to the Chosen
At each of our Saturday and Sunday Masses
we will gather outside of the main doors of the church in our gathering
area. The Greeters and the Ushers will help to distribute the palms to
everyone present. Anyone already seated in the church will be invited by
the Ushers to come outside, if they are able, to join the congregation
in the gathering area.
After a brief introduction the presider
will bless the palms with holy water and an additional gospel reading is
proclaimed. Then six people, carrying large palm fronds, will lead the
procession of the congregation into the church. This commemorates Jesus’
entrance into Jerusalem when the pilgrims waving palm branches greeted
him with shouts of joy. Palm fronds are signs of life and resurrection.
The liturgy of this day begins in joyful
exultation, but as we move into the Liturgy of the Word, and the Passion
reading is proclaimed, the tone changes as we begin the solemn events
of Holy Week. The highpoint of the entire liturgical year lies ahead:
the Sacred Triduum, The Three Days, at which time we commemorate the
Last Supper, the Passion of Jesus, the Initiation Rites of the Easter
Vigil and the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday morning.
(March 28, 2004)