Taste and See: welcome the Lord

Jerusalem Palms

Maybe it was replaced in many parishes and communities by a hymn but here is something lovely about the entrance antiphon provided for Palm Sunday.

Entrance Antiphon
Six days before the Passover,
when the Lord came into the city of Jerusalem,
the children ran to meet him;
in their hands they carried palm branches
and with a loud voice cried out:

Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy!

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!
Who is this king of glory?
He, the Lord of hosts, he is the king of glory.

Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy!

Cf. Jn 12: 1, 12-13; Ps 23: 9-10

It simply reminds of the historic event of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, and the enthusiastic welcome he there received.

And then, quoting Psalm 23, it challenges us to how/whether we welcome the Lord. Are we of the crowd warmly welcoming, or do we find ourselves more ambivalent, more indifferent or maybe even hostile. Not in the liturgy, especially, but to the Lord in our lives and his challenge to how we live as community, as to whether we do live as community…

  • Where does the gospel challenge you?
  • Where does the Lord excite you?

Palms prepared for procession. Jerusalem. (c) 2013, Allen Morris

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