The stark reminders on Palm Sunday

For our church, we have a liturgy of the palms to begin our service. The Gospel around the triumphal entry is read. Then, the Gospel around the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus is read. Both on the same Sunday. We have all week to get to that passage on the crucifixion, so why onContinue reading “The stark reminders on Palm Sunday”

Palm Sunday in the time of coronavirus

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for thehuman race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ totake upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross,giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grantthat we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also sharein his resurrection; throughContinue reading “Palm Sunday in the time of coronavirus”

A prayer for the church on Palm Sunday

Gracious Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide forContinue reading “A prayer for the church on Palm Sunday”

The not-so-popular side of Passion Week

Palm Sunday. It’s a great day of celebration. And examination. The King has come into his Temple and it’s not a pretty trip. Part of the reading of Holy Week can really grate on a person! 7 “Awake, sword, against my shepherd,    against the man who is close to me!”    declares the Lord Almighty.“Strike the shepherd,    and the sheep will be scattered,    andContinue reading “The not-so-popular side of Passion Week”