The postings for this Sunday, to date, have ignored the Procession that normally is part of the beginning of our Palm Sunday Mass.
The Gospel that precedes the Procession reminds us of the reason for all this:
Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11
When they drew near to Jerusalem
and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives,
Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
‘Go into the village facing you,
and immediately you will find an ass tied,
and a colt with her: untie them and bring them to me.
If anyone says anything to you, you shall say,
“The Lord has need of them,”
and he will send them immediately.’
This took place to fulfil
what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
‘Tell the daughter of Sion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of an ass.’
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;
they brought the ass and the colt,
and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon.
Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road,
and others cut branches from the trees
and spread them on the road.
And the crowds that went before him
and that followed him shouted,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!’
And when he entered Jerusalem,
all the city was stirred, saying, ‘Who is this?’
And the crowds said,
‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.’
We will miss that, this year, though many will offer something of a visual reminder by putting green branches at their front door.
YouTube offers a way of remembering something of the usual!
Two choices: one, a tour guide’s promotional film, leads you on the journey from Bethphage down the Mount of Olives to the beginning of the Via Dolorosa giving views of the pilgrimage sights on the way; the second, a somewhat chaotic news reel film, gives views of Jerusalem but mostly of the participating crowd (remember crowds?)
Round off this para-procession with one of the Palm Sunday hymns:
All glory, laud, and honour from King’s College, Cambridge
A more rumbuistious Ride on, ride on, in majesty, with brass accompaniment from a church in Ipswich, courtesy of Songs of Praise.
Or, the one you’ll find yourself singing to your self for the rest of the day, a children’s choir signing Christopher Walker and Paule Freeburg’s Sing Hosanna, sung by a children’s choir.
Pray – especially for the sick and those who tend to them, and for all who find their isolation hard to bear.
Photographs (c) 2017, Allen Morris. From Bethphage, the site where Jesus began his ride into Jerusalem.