St. Columba’s invites you to Pray – Read – Be – Do this Holy Week at Home as we prepare for the Mystery of Easter. Each day this week, starting on Palm Sunday, we’ll have a prayer, a Gospel reading, something to meditate on as you just Be, and something to Do.
Palm Sunday: Join St. Columba’s online at 10am on Palm Sunday on Facebook Live. Then click back anytime after 6pm for a recorded reading of the Passion by some of your favorite folks from St. C's. Click here to go to our Facebook Page!
St. C's is putting together a video of for a Pam Sunday Procession to show on Palm Sunday, if you have time this week, before Friday at 7pm, raise your branches and snap a selfie or take a short video for the procession and sent it to Mother Alissa at email@example.com Click here for more details on how to be part of the digital procession.
Pray: Loving God, we thank you for sending your son in triumph and humility; we welcome him into our hearts in the same way. Amen.
Read: Matthew 21:1-11 NRSV
When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, `The Lord needs them.' And he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, "Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?" The crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee."
Be: Find a place in your home to be still, then imagine what this first palm procession could have looked like, then share, journal, or draw what you imagined.
Do: Find any kind of branches then walk around your home, inside or out, welcoming Jesus into your home, you can say hosannas if you’d like too. Jesus’ followers used palms because they were easy to find where they lived. If Jesus came here, what branches would we use? Cherry branches, covered in soft white blossoms, or perhaps if we were at church, branches from our birch trees, or maybe pine branches. If you'd like, you could also make your own branches out of art materials.