Word for the Weekend: April 17 - Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday (April 17) is the first day of Holy Week and one of only two days on the church calendar when we proclaim and hear the complete story of the passion and death of Jesus. You can find the scriptures for Palm Sunday and background material on them here Got kids? Material to help children prepare to hear the Word on Palm Sunday can be found here


The entrance rite for Palm Sunday offers several options and so it's possible that the Mass you attend may begin with a proclamation of the gospel of Christ's entry into Jerusalem. This will take place at Masses including a special Palm Sunday procession.

The gospel of the passion of Jesus is a story Christians love because it tells the depths of Jesus' love for each of us and for all of us... Without the story of Christ's suffering and death there is no story of Easter joy and peace...

Spend some time with all of the readings, especially the gospel. You might find it helpful as your read it to imagine yourself as one or several of the characters and ponder: what if I had been one of the apostles? what if I had been one of the priests or scribes? what if I had been Pilate? or Judas? or Peter? or one of the servant girls? or Barabbas? or one of those crucified with Jesus? or someone in the crowd? what if I had been the centurion at the foot of the Cross? what if I had been Jesus? 

At one time or another in our lives, we are all of these... who am I, who are you this Holy Week?

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