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PALM SUNDAY

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal messianic entry to Jerusalem, the dwelling place and throne of God with the singular vision of peace. Although the main focus of Palm Sunday is procession, the blessing of palm branches and boughs as well as the Eucharist are equally important. Procession, not a parade, dominates Holy Week. If you take out procession in the pre-mass ritual, you lose half of the meaning of Palm Sunday. Since Procession defines Palm Sunday, we used the first form: Procession, to honor the king! About 5 minutes prior the scheduled time of mass, the commentator introduced the Sunday liturgy and invited everyone to proceed to the hall (our version of Mount of Olives). The presider blessed the branches, the Deacon proclaimed the Gospel of Luke 19 which was about the preparation for the Passover and entrance to Jerusalem. Then, the procession began slowly led by the altar servers followed by the Priest then the sizable crowd. We escorted Jesus, represented by the celebrant on his way to trial cheering for him symbolized by holding and waving blessed palm branches and singing Hosanna to the Son of David! A prayer of supplication. In other words, Save us please! provide healing to this wounded world through Jesus’ redemptive act. In his victorious entry to Jerusalem, Jesus wants to use us and join us especially in the everyday realities of pain and struggles aqui en Douglas. 

 

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