Palm Sunday: Celebrate at Home

I know we will not be celebrating Palm Sunday together as a community this year, but we can still celebrate at home or wherever we are. The Missionaries of the Holy Spirit have provided us with some ideas as to how we can virtually celebrate Palm Sunday this year. On the morning of Sunday, April 5, put a branch on the front door or window of your house.  It does not necessarily have to be a palm branch; any green branch can represent the palm branches that heralded Jesus’ return to Jerusalem. You can visit this link for more ideas:

The Deacon’s Bench

You may use this introduction before you bless the branch:  For five weeks of Lent we have been preparing, by works of charity and self-sacrifice, for the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world. Christ entered in triumph into His own city, to complete His work as our Messiah: to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us remember with devotion this entry which began His saving work and follow Him with a lively faith. United with Him in His suffering on the cross, may we share His Resurrection and new Life.

These symbolic acts can help us to celebrate this important occasion despite our requirement to maintain social distancing.  This process also can help to connect us with one another as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks. We may be physically isolated, but we are not spiritually separated. We are united as the body of Christ. We are the Church.

The palms/branches are blessed with the following prayer:

Almighty God, we pray you bless these + branches and make them holy. Today we joyfully acclaim Jesus our Messiah and King. May we reach one day the happiness of the new and everlasting Jerusalem by faithfully following him who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.