Sunday, March 24, 2013


Yelena Cherkasova- Russian
This day recalls the entrance of  Jesus into Jerusalem to accomplish His Paschal Mystery. The crowds rush out to meet Him, carrying palm branches.  We commemorate this day, by carrying palms in PROCESSION around the outside of the chapel, singing (as does the whole Church): Hosanna to the Son of God...

Jesus Riding the Donkey into Jerusalem- Gary Willing
Dr. He Qi

The significance of Jesus riding a donkey and having his way paved with palm branches is a fulfillment of a prophecy spoken by the prophet Zechariah (9:9). In biblical times, the custom of the region called for kings and nobles arriving in procession to ride on the back of a donkey. The donkey was a symbol of peace. Those who rode upon them proclaimed peaceful intentions. The laying of palm branches indicated that the king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph.

Sister Wendy Beckett (of art fame) writes: This was the only time in the life of Jesus that He was wanted, welcomed, hailed...Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion summons us to align ourselves either with Jesus or against Him.

Sadao Watanabe- Japan
The palms blessed  today are later burned and the ashes are  preserved for next year's Ash Wednesday celebration.

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