Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday. March 20th 2016.
Palm Sunday  the harbinger or herald of the first day of  most important week of our Christian faith , which quickly travels into the Good Friday and then the resurrection, celebration of Easter which  distinguishes the Christian faith from others. The fact that it occurred over 2000 years ago is amazing since the pomp of Palm Sunday, the pain of Calvary and then the mystical faith belief the resurrection  is relived each and every year it forms part of our DNA. Palm Sunday observations go back as far as the fourth century, symbolizing Christs triumphant entry into Jerusalem  as the King of Peace. (Rode on a donkey not a horse..)
Here is the excerpt from the gospel of Luke (this is one aspect of Christ  life which is found in all the  four gospels). 
At the Liturgy of the Palms                        (usually the start of the service)

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus  Christ according to Luke.

After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near  Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord needs it. ”Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power
that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out. Luke 19:28–40
Psalm
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever. Let Israel now proclaim, “His mercy endures
for ever.” Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord. “This is the
gate of the Lord; he who is righteous may enter.” I will give thanks to you, for you answered me and have become
my salvation. The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s
doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Hosannah,
Lord, hosannah! Lord, send us now success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you
from the house of the Lord. God is the Lord; he has shined upon us; form a procession with branches up to the
horns of the altar. “You are my God, and I will thank you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.” Give thanks to
the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever.
Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29.

While this week marks the end of Lent, our personal  commitment to meditation and prayer gets a stronger resolve.

Please click on  to the Understanding the Liturgy to revisit Maundy Thursday observances.