How does a crowd turn from shouts of joy to cries of murder in such a short span?
Lent | Liturgy of the Palms (Year B)
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16
If this Sunday's service seems crowded and discordant, there’s a historical reason for it: the lectionary readings are a combination of two different local liturgies.
Monastic vows sound familiar to anyone who's been to a wedding. In both marriage and celibacy, we promise to be faithful.
This week is Palm and/or Passion Sunday, and choices will vary as to the form of worship and the point at which the sermon falls. Palm Sunday, with its palms waving and salutations sung to the Savior, is an event that children will enter into readily even if adults are a bit shy. If the choice is for a Passion Sunday emphasis, a dramatic reading is memorable for those who speak the parts and those who listen--and the passion narrative lends itself particularly well to this approach. It is, after all, the greatest story ever told. Another option is to focus on the second lesson.