The palms are blessed, the are a sacramental, they are not meant for
waving like a flag
swinging like a sword
peeling into tiny pieces
tying up prisoners
Charlie y Henry no comprendo. Yeah, between my widening baby bottom and Steve's death grip, we did our ever-lovin' best to keep those palms pinned down until the final blessing. Despite the momentary distraction of the palm smacking, I really was able to settle into a place of peace and anticipation for the upcoming celebration of Holy Week, thanks to a little early morning prayer time.
I've found it difficult to sleep past 6 a.m. these past couple of weeks, and have embraced the good that has come from third trimester discomfort in the form of a quiet home, a cup of coffee and time to pray. This morning, I came across a portion of a homily written by St. Andrew of Crete, and found it to be quite inspiring:
Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany
and proceeds of his own free will toward his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the
mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin,
to raise us with himself, we are told in Scripture, above every sovereignty, authority and
power, and every other name that can be named, now comes of his own free will to make
his journey to Jerusalem. He comes without pomp or ostentation. As the psalmist says:
He will not dispute or raise his voice to make it heard in the streets. He will be meek
and humble, and he will make his entry in simplicity.
Let us run to accompany him as he hastens toward his passion, and imitate those who
met him then, not by covering his path with garments, olive branches or palms, but by
doing all we can to prostrate ourselves before him by being humble and by trying to live
as he would wish. Then we shall be able to receive the Word at his coming, and God,
whom no limits can contain, will be within us. ~ St. Andrew Andrew of Crete
May your Holy Week be beautiful and blessed!
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