Sunday, March 25, 2018
The commemoration of the Lord's entrance into Jerusalem begins with a procession. The opening prayer is worth taking time to reflect on so I am copying it here:
Dear brothers and sisters,
since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts by penance and charitable works.
Today we gather together to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of our Lord's Paschal Mystery, that is to say, of his Passion and Resurrection. For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem. Therefore, with all faith and devotion, let us commemorate the Lord's entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps, so that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross, we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life.
Then comes the blessing of the palms and the procession begins.
During the Mass, the Passion is read from Mark's Gospel.