Keeping Sunday Holy - Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020
This is our third Sunday without public Masses, and there will probably be at least three more Sundays without public Masses. Hopefully you are getting into a routine of keeping Sunday holy, that is, set apart and special, different from the other days of the week.
This Sunday is also Palm Sunday, which offers some unique opportunities to bring the liturgy home. In Florida we have plenty of palm branches, even if we can’t get blessed ones from Church. Here are some ideas to bring Palm Sunday into your family’s celebration of Sunday.
Add Palms to your prayer space. Churches are decorated with palms this Sunday, add them to your own prayer place, and perhaps other religious items in your home. Being in Florida, we have plenty of palms! Say or sing the antiphon from the Mass: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, hosanna in the highest!”
On Palm Sunday, the priest has the option to bless palms, read this gospel, and then have a procession with Palms before Mass. Without a congregation, it is difficult to have a procession, but you can do your own before Mass. Read and re-create the welcome Jesus received coming into Jerusalem. Find the story in the gospel of Matthew 21:1-11.
Fold Palms before putting them in your prayer places. Here are some ideas: https://www.catholicicing.com/10-things-to-do-with-palms-from-palm-sunday/
Decorate your front door with palms. I've already seen that people are doing this around town. It helps remind us that while we celebrate Palm Sunday in our Domestic Church, we are united to the rest of the Church!
How are you celebrating Palm Sunday at home?