Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, is a feast day that commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It falls on the Sunday before Easter, marking the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.

Lest a rock cry out in my place: I lift my whole life in praise.

(from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals)

    The Palm frond, a Hebrew symbol of triumph and victory, is crossed with the scepter to symbolize Jesus’ kingship. The Hebrew is hosheah na which means “save us” or “rescue us.” The angles and arches encircling them bring to mind Jesus’ kingship, and also foreshadow the crown of thorns, reminding us as we join the chorus that the same crowd shouting “Hosanna” will later raise their voices to chant, “Crucify him!”

    Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, may your reign become real through the works of our hands and your love become alive in our hearts. Amen.

    (from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals)