All around the world, Christians commemorate Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday with pageantry. In England’s Salisbury Cathedral, a child dressed as Jesus rides a real donkey. At Notre Dame de la Défense in Montreal’s Little Italy, olive branches are held up and blessed. Eastern European churches bless pussy willows.
At Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal (easy to reach by Métro= McGill on the green line) preparations are underway. Parishioners… and anyone else who wishes… will prepare for this feast by making palm crosses on Saturday morning in the Undercroft. It is easy and satisfying to learn, folding the damp leaves into little crosses and even more elaborate shapes. These will be blessed, and distributed, and waved in procession on Sunday morning at 10 as we enter in to the most holy week of our church year. All are invited to take part vigorously!
So come on Sunday to Sing Hosannah! Wave your palm cross and be blessed. And once you have taken that step (Behold, our feet are standing within your Gates O Jerusalem!) do stay to experience all that follows.
Come, participate in the whole, transformative feast. May your world never be the same!