A Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 14
“All glory, laud, and honor to thee, Redeemer King!” On Palm Sunday Christians from the world over, including St. George’s College pilgrims (though sadly, not this year because of stay-at-home restrictions,) meet at the top of the Mount of Olives to follow our Lord on his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Pilgrims crowd the streets until the Roman Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem begins the procession. Thousands and thousands of disciples cry, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Banners are raised high; scouts and bands parade. Whole palm branches are carried aloft, woven with flowers and ribbons. Spaniards strum their guitars, singing and dancing down the mount. Italians say their rosaries and wear vestments of their lay guilds. Africans don their colorful national costumes. Maoris catch our ears with the close harmonies of the South-Seas. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” In many of our churches we do not give Palm Sunday its full due. We move quickly in the liturgy to the Passion gospel, leaving the hosannas to fade after the first hymn. Today few of us will be able to worship in community, so join the throngs that pressed around Jesus all day long in your homes. The world needs extra joy! Sing from your balconies, tweet some hosannas, cut a branch to wave. Welcome Jesus into your town. Deep, confident joy can steel us for Holy Week and the months to come.