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Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist
April 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday which is meant to signal the final turn towards Good Friday and Easter. If Lent is about wandering in the wilderness, Holy Week is about turning towards Jerusalem. It is where our Lenten observance kicks into high gear and where we pay close attention to Jesus’ final steps through Jerusalem towards his crucifixion. The juxtaposition between the Palm Procession and the Passion Gospel is intentional and meant to be jarring. It holds up for our own reflection the proximity between compassion and cruelty that resides in our own hearts. As Henri Nouwen suggests in The Wounded Healer, “to the compassionate person, nothing human is alien.” Each of us is capable of virtue and vice.
Weather permitting, our Palm Sunday liturgy will begin at the northern end of Lake of the Isles (in the case of inclement weather, the Community Room and Lillehei Garth) with the Liturgy Palms. You are invited to come a bit early to take your place in either unconventional place. The joyous procession will then make its way up the sidewalk, up the front stairs, and into the building for the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Table. At the entrance to the Church, the priest will pray a Station Prayer that will signal that hard turn from joy to sorrow as we turn from palms to the crucifixion. While the Liturgy of the Word will include the reading of the Passion Gospel, it is not intended to serve as a Holy Week mashup liturgy. You are still strongly encouraged to attend the liturgies through the week.