Sunday, April 01, 2007

From the liturgy of the palms...

P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

P: We praise and thank you, O God, for the great acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was acclaimed Son of David and King of kings by those who scattered their garments and branches of palm in his path.

We ask that you bless these branches and those who bear them, and grant that we may ever hail him as our Lord and King and follow him with perfect confidence; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.


Chip Frontz said...

And if we have asked God to bless the branches, we had better not just throw them away afterwards, eh?

Brian said...

Hmmm... good point. I took several home and made crosses to keep throughout the year. And I know a number of families who did the same thing. I do think they help serve as reminders of our intercession to ever hail Christ as king and Lord. We are blessed through them as we see them shrivel and dry, a reminder that Christ raises us to new life daily. So even the shriveled and dried palm can be a helpful reminder.

So yeah... don't just toss them in the garbage!


Phillip said...

And from the ashes of today's praises comes next year's repentance.

bing said...

In the Catholic tradition, we were brought up NEVER to throw the palms away. We either made them into crosses, or, in my house, stuck the palms behind crucifixes or icons or pieces of Christian art. This year's palms were placed behind one of our Salvadoran crosses. :)

Brian said...

SO... you CATHOLICS must have stockpiles of dried up palms stuck behind your crosses and artworks? ;)

What do you do with them the following year? Really. Burn them?


Chip Frontz said...

I believe in RC tradition the palms are brought to church on Shrove Tuesday to be burned and used as the ashes for Ash Wednesday. We usually keep leftover palms and burn those for ashes - we don't ask that people bring them back.