Sunday, March 24th was Palm Sunday, the Sunday next before Easter, celebrated in commemoration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jersusalem. Bishop Hartley noted in his sermon that this day is a special day in liturgical churches and was first observed in Jerusalem in the fourth century. In liturgical worship an understanding of history and continuity with the past are important foundations of worship, as is the power of Christian symbols and rituals which express and represent God’s actions in history and our human lives. In the Palm Sunday ritual in Anglican churches, the priest blesses palm branches and distributes them to the congregants, who then process around the nave led by the acolyte carrying the processional cross veiled in purple and singing the hymn, “All Glory Laud and Honor.” By doing this we join the crowd in Jerusalem and take our places symbolically with them and with Christ.
Other Holy week services will be the Maundy Thursday communion which commemorates the Last Supper and Good Friday when we remember the crucifxion by performing the Stations of the Cross ritual. Both services are at 6:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome. Easter Sunday service will be at 10:30 a.m. Easter morning and everyone is welcome. Visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.