I've seen a few photos online showing various processions for special Feast days. I wasn't planning on being a part of one today but lo and behold, our parish held a Blessing of Palms and Procession of Palms outdoors today.
We were blessed with great weather - sunny, not too cold, and thankfully not too windy. (For those of us who wear the mantilla without clips, being outdoors in the wind can be a challenge.) We gathered at the rear of the church outside as Fr. L blessed the palms. Some photos may seem "foggy" but that was actually incense. What a beautiful way to enter into Holy Week.
Fr. L starting the blessing ceremony.
The Schola chanting Psalms.
Fr. blessing the palms.
The processional begins...
There are quite a few young men and boys attending!
And the parishioners start to follow...
The procession wrapped around one block and now is heading back to the church.
The second part of a long procession.
One family, united by our faith, remembering the welcome Jesus received...
Back inside the church.
Fr. L, now in his purple, celebrating Palm Sunday Mass.