Sunday, March 16, 2008

Palm Sunday

"The Entry of Christ into Jerusalem" mosaic by the Master of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo, Italy

The Coming Ruler of God’s People

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the warhorse from Jerusalem;
and the battle-bow shall be cut off,
and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Zechariah 9:9-12

I was struck by how eventful the life of Jesus is between his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, which we celebrate on Palm Sunday, and his victory over death which we celebrate on Easter Sunday.

From the "Litany of the Palms", Book of Common Prayer:

Assist us mercifully with your help, O lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon our contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Image from Wiki.


  1. LOVE the mosaic. Had never seen it before. Thank you.

    A blessed Palm Sunday to you and your loved ones, Grandmère.

  2. That mosaic is gorgeous- wow.

    Please know I wish you and GP and your whole family a blessed and beautiful Palm Sunday, as we head into Holy Week.

  3. Jane and Fran, a blessed Holy Week to you. Am I crazy? I look forward to Holy Week.

  4. Me too, GM. Perhaps we're nutters together! Rumor has it that redemption and healing and new life are to be found there.

  5. Paul, it's good to know that I may not be chasing after rainbows.

    A blessed an fruitful Holy Week to you, mon cher.

  6. "I look forward to Holy Week." There's far more variety in Holy Week than at any other time in the liturgical year.


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