Sunday, March 16, 2008

Palm Sunday - Got your palms?

Palm Sunday

Our new step to Calvary has been placed on our Jesus tree;

a palm frond for "Palm Sunday" of course.

This is a grand day during the Lenten season; Palm Sunday when fresh palm fronds are ritually blessed as a rich traditional part of our Sunday Mass. Each person in attendance receives their own to bring home as a symbol of this day, to keep for the rest of the year until they are burned again for use during Ash Wednesday's solemn celebrations next year.

Our fresh palm fronds

Everybody knows the story of Palm Sunday:

Jesus is received in Jerusalem with the honors of a King, the King of Israel!. It is described in the four Gospels (Mt.21, Mk.11, Lk19, Jn.12).

The multitudes took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him; many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the people began to shout: "Hosanna to the Son of David!. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!. Hosanna!, glory in the highest!" (Mt.21:9).

Our young daughter is still contagious with her chicken pox, so together she and I remained home and awaited the arrival of the rest of the family with our palms. Once they arrived home and our breakfast was consumed, it was time to try our hand at forming crosses with our palms.

Each year we try to make crosses with them, making something useful and memorable to have in view for the rest of the year. The tricky thing is, if you don’t make them while they are fresh, they dry up and are impossible to work with. Therefore, today was the day.

My usual instruction sheet was filed away still so we used the step-by-step instructions found at THIS WEBSITE. It takes practice and some frustration when the palm frond slips from behind, but after a few more times we were getting somewhere. Here’s what we have so far…

Our Palm crosses