Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. The Mass commemorates the actual “Palm Sunday” events in its unique introductory rites which include the blessing of palm branches, and the proclamation of a gospel account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. This typically takes place at the entrance to the church, or may even take a simple form with the priest leading from the sanctuary. One Mass on the Sunday, however, should commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem by means of a procession from a location outside the church.
As such, we will celebrate Palm Sunday in a similar fashion as in previous years. 9:00 am Mass will begin with a procession beginning under the shade structures in the school playground (outside the parish hall). All other Masses will begin with a solemn entrance beginning in the narthex.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, which leads us to the Easter Triduum. This will be the first time we celebrate the Easter Triduum according to the new English translation of the Missal. There are some changes to texts that we may only use once a year, such as the showing of the cross on Good Friday and the Litany of the Saints. Please be mindful of this. We will do our best to prompt and assist you with any changes.
Please take note of the times of the various Holy Week and Easter Triduum celebrations, and make sure you pass the timetable on to others (perhaps there are people in your neighbourhood) who may be interested in participating, but don’t get a Carmel bulletin.