Blessing of the Palms
We will bless the palms at the beginning of the service. They will then be distributed to the people, who will process around the church before settling into their pews for the principal service.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II
The season of Lent reaches its climax during Holy Week, which begins today.
Today's service actually provides a sudden shift, which is intentionally jarring to all of us. The preceding weeks have offered Jesus' teachings with the background that Jesus and His chosen Disciples (and others) have been making the journey from the Mount of Transfiguration (just prior to Ash Wednesday) toward Jerusalem.
The service begins with the Blessing of the Palms and Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Hosannahs abound as he rides through the gates of the city over a path strewn with cloaks and palms. We will form our own procession out and around the Church as we celebrate.
Things change abruptly at this point, as our emphasis turns from Palms to Passion. We will hear (with many voices taking the various parts) the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Readings for the Passion/Palm Sunday, Year C:
Luke 19:28-40 (at the blessing of the Palms)