Moveable feasts can present both challenges and opportunities especially when they fall on a Second Sunday! Take for instance Palm Sunday, which this year falls on a Second Sunday, our busiest Sunday of the month. So we have made some adjustments which we hope will enhance everyone’s observance of the day.
Just for Palm Sunday we will combine our family service with the 10:30 service, which this year will include not only the procession of the congregation with palms and Korean drumming and the singing of the St. James School Choir, but also a real live donkey, signifying the donkey on which Jesus rode into Jerusalem while people strewed palms in his path.
For both the 8:00 and 10:30 we will gather in front of the school on St. Andrews for the liturgy and distribution of the palms. Then we all (including the donkey) follow the Korean drummers as we process into the church singing the triumphant “All Glory Laud and Honor”.
The feel of the service changes at that point as clergy change from white to red vestments, signifying the beginning of Holy Week. At the gospel the story of Christ’s passion and death is read by a narrator with dialogue spoken by different individuals.
And thus begins the most solemn and penitential time of the church year, with services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter morning. We invite you to join us for this sacred journey from sorrow to Easter joy!
PS (Children will be happy to know that they can meet the donkey after the service.)