Sunday, April 5, 2009

Palm Sunday Procession

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. praying.

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.

1 comment:

Adrienne said...

How wonderful. I haven't been in a Palm Sunday procession for close to 10 years. This is the sort of thing that will keep our young people in the church