Sunday, April 01, 2007

Palm Sunday



On days like this, I love being Catholic. It's all very moving: the procession with palm fronds, the a capella chants and hymns, the gospel reading (during which the congregation shouts, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"), the incense, the veiled statuary... the whole experience. It really makes Holy Week more meaningful for me.

10 comments:

SusansPlace said...

Love the symbolic photo!

Susan

Sentient Marrow said...

I can understand why those traditions make you appreciate your Catholicism even more. I'd like to participate in that kind of experience sometimes.

Dirkus said...

We do the same in the Episcopal Church (also called Catholic Lite by some). I agree, the traditions of Holy Week, Good Friday, Maundy Thursday, all make this time of year the most special. Of course, the preparation through lent helps intensify it as well. Nice shot--great minds and all of that.

my15minutes said...

Marrow, if you go on Good Friday (usually at noon or 3 pm) there is a similar service...but stripped of organ and festivity.

jeff said...

Sorry, I hold my family back from experiencing the Catholic tradition. Not that I have anything against them going, I just am not interested. I was raised Catholic, and things like this...seeing them exactly the same year after year, kind of numbed the experience for me. I guess there is something to be learned by repetition though. For me there was no real-ness.

julieunplugged said...

I loved those palm crosses as a kid. Favorite church Sunday of the year. Gorgeous capture.

beth said...

Beth - visiting here for the first time, via MarthaMartha. You have a tremendous eye - I have scrolled through a few months of photos and must give you big ol' kudos for your perspective on life. I have really enjoyed your posts and look forward to keeping up with you in the future...

from a fellow bethie....

my15minutes said...

Jeff, If it didn't feel real I would probably want to ditch it, too. :-)
Beth - Glad you found your way over here! Hope you'll visit often.

jo(e) said...

I loved making those crosses when I was a kid. Just looking at your photo brought back all kinds of memories.

~m2~ said...

good morning :) as you know, my Palm Sunday experience was wonderful...

i wanted to tell you that your link back to your blog on haloscan is funky; i had to be creative to try to find you as i got a weird link right away and it took some thinking to get me where i needed to be.

(i am glad i am here, however :)