palm 1Sacred Writing 

“As the eleventh hour draws near, that particular passage from scripture is read in which the children bearing palms and branches came forth to meet the Lord, saying:  “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”  The bishop and all the people rise immediately, and then everyone walks down from the top of the Mount of Olives, with the people preceding the bishop and responding continually with “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord” to the hymns and antiphons.  All the children who are present here, including those who are not yet able to walk because they are too young and therefore are carried on their parents’ shoulders, all of them bear branches, some carrying palms, others, olive branches.  And the bishop is led in the same manner as the Lord once was led.  From the top of the mountain as far as the city, and from there through the entire city as far as the Anastasis, everyone accompanies the bishop the whole way on foot, and this includes distinguished ladies and men of consequence, reciting the responses all the while.”

Egeria, from her journal from the 4th Century, written while in Jerusalem


Prayer for the Day

Dear Lord,

As we draw close to Palm Sunday and Holy Week, we give thanks for the centuries upon centuries of Christian witness to our Savior.   We are a part of that thread.  What will we do to pass that witness on?  Will we sing and wave branches this Sunday in remembrance of our Lord?   What might we do today – at work, at school, at home, in our community — to witness to the place that Christ has in our lives?