palm sunday

Palm Sunday :)

Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entrance of Christ into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9), when palm branches were placed in His path, before His arrest on Holy Thursday and His Crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent, and the week in which Christians celebrate the mystery of their salvation through Christ’s Death and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

“Hosanna! Blessed is HE who comes in the name of the Lord”…Matthew 21:9. 

Hope is stirring and our hearts are yearning for you, Jesus. We long for You. Hosanna! Happy Palm Sunday!!!  ~Janet

VONNEGUT: Somebody gets into trouble, and then gets out again; somebody loses something and gets it back; somebody is wronged and gets revenge; Cinderella; somebody hits the skids and just goes down, down, down; people fall in love with each other, and a lot of other people get in the way; a virtuous person is falsely accused of sin; a sinful person is believed to be virtuous; a person faces a challenge bravely, and succeeds or fails; a person lies, a person steals, a person kills, a person commits fornication.

INTERVIEWER: If you will pardon my saying so, these are very old-fashioned plots.

VONNEGUT: I guarantee you that no modern story scheme, even plotlessness, will give a reader genuine satisfaction, unless one of those old fashioned plots is smuggled in somewhere. I don’t praise plots as accurate representations of life, but as ways to keep readers reading. When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell the students to make their characters want something right away—even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaningless of modern life still have to drink water from time to time. One of my students wrote a story about a nun who got a piece of dental floss stuck between her lower left molars, and who couldn’t get it out all day long. I thought that was wonderful. The story dealt with issues a lot more important than dental floss, but what kept readers going was anxiety about when the dental floss would finally be removed. Nobody could read that story without fishing around in his mouth with a finger. Now, there’s an admirable practical joke for you. When you exclude plot, when you exclude anyone’s wanting anything, you exclude the reader, which is a mean-spirited thing to do.

—  Kurt Vonnegut

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There are some holidays one doesn’t expect to be able to find celebrated in paintings.

Until recently, Palm Sunday was one of those holidays for me.

Then I ran into Alfred Stevens’ Palm Sunday, from 1862.

Technically speaking, it appears that this young woman has opted for boxwood—rather more accessible in Europe than palm—but, as the Walters Art Museums writes, she nonetheless tucks the sprig of it “behind the frame of her mother’s portrait hanging on the bedroom wall. Another bough, lying on her cloak, is intended for the adjacent miniature, presumably a portrait of her father.”

There is something wonderful about the quiet memorial of it, about the care with which she slips the branch behind the wooden frame.

I’m shocked every year by the two Gospels from the Palm Sunday Mass, by how dramatically the tone changes and how the congregation is swung from one extreme to another. We walk into the church shouting Hosanna and waving palm branches, welcoming our Messiah with joy. Not 15 minutes later, we’re crying out, “Let him be crucified!” I thought it was strange, this bipolar shift from worship to betrayal. And then I realized it’s no accident, not just a convenient way to get the whole story into one Mass. It’s the life of a fallen Christian, crashing from praise into sin without even noticing the change. It’s my life.

Meg Hunter-Kilmer (+)

Nursing notes, 3/29/15

13:45 - Spiritual Care note - visiting pastor distributes palm fronds to clients, in celebration of Palm Sunday.

13:53 - Clients are reminded that palm fronds are intended for religious purposes and are not to be used as weapons.

13:57 - Client-client altercation.  See incident report.

14:04 - Clients are reminded that palm fronds may not be used as weapons even if it is “a joke,” because not everyone finds the same things funny, okay?

14:08 - Clients are reminded that palm fronds are not to be used to touch any other person in any way.

14:12 - Palm fronds confiscated by nurse.