Holy Eucharist – Saturday at 5:30 p.m. | Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. with Palm Processions
Palm Sunday begins our commemoration of the events of Holy Week. All four gospels depict Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem atop a humble donkey, amidst the fanfare of cheering crowds. Many of them shouted “Hosanna,” (literally, “Save us!”) and laid cloaks and palm branches in his path, a traditional response to the procession of royalty. The service begins in joy, as we bless palm fronds and wave them jubilantly in the air. They are symbols of Jesus’ final entrance into Jerusalem, and may be taken home and kept until Shrove Tuesday (2017), when they will be burned to create the ashes for next year’s Ash Wednesday. The mood of the service quickly changes from joy to sorrow, as the central element in the Liturgy of the Word is the reading of St. Luke’s Passion. In recognition of the ways that we reject and deny Christ, the congregation plays the role of the mob (“Crucify him!”), humbling us and challenging any notions of false pride or piety.