In just a couple of days we will begin the solemn journey of Holy Week. Palm Sunday is a day of Hosannas and the cry of the crowd who turns on Jesus even as they just honored him with hosannas. As we walk with Jesus on Palm Sunday all the way to the cross, may we open ourselves to the amazing gift we are given in a savior loves us and gives his life for us.
At our monastery on Palm Sunday we usually process outside with the cross, banners and flowers. We process outside with the music of bells and a drum moving us as we sing Hosanna. When we enter the chapel the mood becomes more solemn as we prepare to hear the reading of the passion. At the end of Mass, we leave in silence.
It is a powerful time making us deeply aware of what we are saying yes to as Christians. We must walk the way to Calvary if we want to rise with Christ.
Reflect on your experiences of Palm Sunday. Ask God for the grace to enter fully into this powerful liturgy.
Lord jesus, Savior of the world and Redeemer of all, give us the grace to understand more deeply the mystery of the cross. We need your courage to participate in the work of redemption. As we stand at the foot of the cross with Mayr, may our fait deepen, our hope be renewed, and our love increase a hundredfold. Amen.
(Prayer by Bishop Morneau)