Today we celebrate Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. This year things are very different with our precautions regarding the corona virus and the suspension of Masses. It feels very odd and sad for me not be able to gather with you for this important celebration as we begin the high point of our liturgical year.
Nonetheless, there are ways we can make ourselves present to the heart of these holy days. Here are some of them. First, come to church during the designated hours noted elsewhere in the bulletin to pick up palm branches to take to your homes. A prayer card is also provided for your use. A collection basket will be there for your usual financial contribution to the parish. Second, read the Passion according to Matthew (26:14 through 27:66). This is a way for you and your family to feel connected to the “Passion” side of this Sunday. Thirdly, spend some time prayerfully reading the Psalm for today, Psalm 22. Imagine yourself being present to Christ praying this Psalm with us during these challenging times. Jesus prayed this Psalm when he was dying on the cross.
Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as we are all together in this very different Holy Week journey.