Celebrating Palm Sunday from Home
On Palm Sunday, we enter into Holy Week.
There are two main aspects to this day:
- the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
- Jesus’ journey to the Cross
You could use some local greenery if you have no palm branches
The Liturgy of the Palms begins with the account (Matthew 21:1-11) of how Jesus sends two of his disciples to fetch a colt, on which he rides into Jerusalem, where he is acclaimed by crowds desperate to be saved from the Romans: “Hosanna to the Son of David”.
The Opening Prayer (Collect) acts as a transition between this event and the stories of suffering.
The Liturgy of the Word
The Passion reading on Palm Sunday is taken from one of the synoptic gospels: Matthew, Mark or Luke, depending on the year; in 2020 it is Matthew. John’s account of the Passion is read on Good Friday.