Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—March 26, 2015
THE PALMS ARE COMING! Each year on Palm Sunday (The Sunday before Easter and the beginning of Holy Week) we gather in the parish hall, hear a reading, say some prayers and then receive long pieces of palm, supple, fragrant, beautiful. We then process into the church, saying or singing, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who come in the name of the Lord. Hosanna!” Sometimes, if the weather is pleasant, we make our procession outdoors, stopping for prayer along the way. If the weather is foul, we go the short route through the gallery, waving our palms. This is our way of calling to mind Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when the people tore branches off the palm trees and waved them, and put their garments in the road for Jesus’s entry, riding on a donkey.
They used palm branches because that was what they had. We also use palms, but there are no palm trees growing at St Thomas Church.
Did you ever wonder where we got the palms?
Our palms come from a florist in Flemington, Flemington Floral. For many years now, they have donated palms to any church that asked. So each year, Kate Allworthy arranges for St Thomas to have palms from Flemington Floral.
When we hand them out on Palm Sunday morning, the palms are trimmed and cleaned, supple and beautiful single fronds. When Kate picks them up on Friday afternoon, they are untrimmed and in a big accordion-like clump, just like they had been pulled off the tree. They need to be stripped and prepared, with all the stringy parts removed.
And you can help! Come to the parish hall, this coming Saturday morning, March 28, at about 10:00. So bring your coffee, the kids and some garden clippers if you have them, and wear older clothes. It is great fun and fellowship. Once all the palm branches are separated and cleaned, they will be rolled in damp bath towels to keep them moist for our procession on Sunday morning.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than he way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.