Getting ready for Palm Sunday

We are getting ready for Palm Sunday.






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  1. cpf says:

    Holy Cow! LOOK at that pall!!! It’s ENCRUSTED!

  2. APX says:

    It’s so pretty! Our parish was done up last night as our palm Sunday procession was done at the early morning low mass.

  3. irishgirl says:

    Beautiful and holy things at Holy Innocents, Father Z!
    Yes, that pall is ‘encrusted’! Gorgeous! Never saw gems that big on anything other than a chalice!
    Palms look lovely, too-just like in Rome! Very artistic!

  4. MAJ Tony says:

    Alas, my cousin, Fr. Paul Nord, OSB and I were blessed to hear Palm Sunday Mass at the Mainzer Dom (Mainz Cathedral) in Mainz, Germany today. It was quite by accident that we went to this Mass, as I don’t think my cousin realized that there was a Mass at 10AM there. We just went in to hear Terce at 9:30. My German is rather poor after 20 years, but the overall experience was very positive. Started in the courtyard with blessing of the branches (olives perhaps?) with Fr. “in choro” and Palestrina’s Pueri Hebraeorum sung by 50 girls in the “Maedchenchor” and as healthy smattering of Gregorian Chant in Latin, along with some obligatory German works including congregational material, Christus Factus Est chanted before the Passion, with congregation joining in (or attempting to join in) the refrain after the verse, and the Maedchenchor and Maennerstimmen singing the Passionsgesaenge by J.S. Bach between parts of the reading of the Passion narrative. After Mass, we headed to the hotel and packed to get on a train to Baden-Baden, to fly to Rome. I’m currently in S’ant Anselmo, and had my best meal in 6 months tonight, complete with Italian wine. I’m on R&R from Afghanistan.

  5. Might have been olive branches, might have been willow or pussywillow. (Very common in Northern Europe.)

  6. ecclesiae says:

    In the picture of the altar, why is the tabernacle veil red and not violet?

  7. From a reader:

    Dear Father,
    Thank you for your wonderful blog. I had a very meaningful Lent with
    your encouragement podcasts and particularly with the beautiful
    Stations of the Cross which I was unable to attend in church.
    Great photo of Holy Innocents where I attended Mass and Vespers today.
    Very grateful for all your work there as well the others priests
    and dedicated young men
    I wish you a joyful and blessed Easter Season.
    Parishioner of _____ NYC, attend Mass on Saturdays at Holy
    Innocents as well as vespers and First Friday Vigils

  8. ecclesiae: In the picture of the altar, why is the tabernacle veil red and not violet?

    Why do you think? What could explain that?

  9. off2 says:

    My recollection is that in the old form the colour for the blessing, distribution and procession of the palms is red. The change to violet is made after the procession goes to the altar of the Mass.

    An older form of the palm rite included a proper collect, epistle, gradual, gospel and – perhaps – a sanctus connected with the blessing. Ideally the palm stuff was at one church from which everyone processed to the church where Mass of the Passion was sung.

    Additional trivia – when receiving the palm from the priest, one kissed first the palm and then the hand of the priest, an exception to the usual order made because the palm was newly blest.

  10. teomatteo says:

    Thanks, that is why at my first EF Palm Sunday mass we kissed the hand and then the Palm. i hadnt seen the hand / palm kiss before. thanks

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