Friday, March 14, 2008

Holy Week Begins

This week, we Christians call Holy Week, we set time aside to contemplate the works of Christ on our behalf for our redemption. St. John, the evangelist, dedicated half of his Gospel to telling the story of Holy Week. This Sunday, in our churches, we will bless real palm branches to use in our worship. Later, these palms will often be woven into crosses to place in our homes for a year. (directions found here)

"Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord."

This familiar song from Palm Sunday is called the Song of the Children and is joined with the Song of Angels and Cherubim in heaven;

"Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of Your glory".

Together, these songs make up the Sanctus, the song we sing each week at the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer. At the altar of the Eucharist, heaven and earth are joined in unending praise and thankfulness.

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