Sunday, March 16, 2008

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday. In the festive beginning of Mass, we remember Jesus' triumphant ride into Jerusalem, where he was hailed as Messiah and adored with palm branches. By the close of Mass, the mood is somber as we move into Holy Week and prepare for Christ's death and Resurrection.

Let us be especially attentive this week, to fasting from earthly joys, in preparation for the coming of Christ. Let is offer up our meager suffering in union with Christ's, for our brothers and sisters who journey on this earth with us.

When you get your palms home, look at this Italian heritage site, which has some directions for weaving palms. It is traditional to weave them and place them behind holy pictures and crucifixes around your home.

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