Palm Sunday

PalmSun2012 (8)Today is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and beginning of Holy Week. This Sunday, called a Palm Sunday, is of the highest rank. In common law it fixes the commencement of Easter duty. The ceremonies of the day are the benediction of the palms, the procession (at some Masses) in remembrance of Christ’s triumphant entrance to Jerusalem and reading of the Passion. According to the Gospel – the Hebrew children spread their garments in the way and cried out saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." During the procession, the clergy and the people, carrying the blessed palms, march around the church.The palms blessed on Palm Sunday are taken home by the faithful and used as a sacramental. They should be preserved in prominent places in the house, in the barns, and in the fields, and thrown into the fire during storms. Some people have custom of decorating the grave with blessed palms.

According to Christians sources palm branches have been used by all nations as an emblem of joy and victory over enemies. In Christianity it was a sign of victory over the flesh and the world according to Psalm 91:13, especially associated with the memory of the martyrs.

Palm Sunday invites all of us to walk with Jesus Christ during the entire Holy Week, especially during three days of Holy Triduum. Please note the hours of services in our church, mark your calendar and come to be with Jesus.

Holy Thursday – Mass at 7 PM and adoration till 11 PM.

Good Friday – Passion Liturgy at 3 PM (in English) and 7 PM (in Polish) and adoration till 11 PM

Holy Saturday – Liturgy and Mass at 5.30 PM (in English) and 7.30 PM (in Polish).

 

Read more about Palm Sunday at the Catholic Encyclopedia

 

Photos from Masses on Palm Sunday 2012 or check our Photo Gallery