Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hosanna Filio David!

Today is Palm Sunday, and the beginning of Holy Week. This is my favourite time during the Church's year, because the liturgy for this week is absolutely beautiful. During the Mass today, St. Mark's account of the Passion will be recited. If you are fortunate enough to be able to attend a High Mass (which, alas, we are not), it will be sung - with voices taking the part of Christ, of St. Peter, of Pilate, and of the crowd. It is long, but it is extremely moving. The Mass of Palm Sunday is full of beautiful antiphons, including Hosanna Filio David:

The translation is as follows: Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. King of Israel! Hosanna to the Son of David. It is, in fact, the words with which the crowd saluted Jesus, as they lay palms before Him as he rode into Jerusalem.

We might have had to make do with minimal singing, but we all received palms to hold during the Last Gospel, and to take home with us afterward. I have a particular fondness for palms. There is something of a heady glory about the imagery of Palm Sunday - Jesus Christ riding upon a donkey, triumphantly, while people hail His as King, and strew His way with palm branches and flowers, singing Hosannas as He passes through their midst. And there is a corresponding glory to all the picture and statutes of early confessors and martyrs who won their own palms by dying for the King of Glory Who had died for them. I brave and inspired when I get my palms.

This year, I am going to do fancy things with my palms. I am going to braid them, and make crosses and crowns of thorns of them. There is a very handy Italian website, featuring tutorials of some of the more common palm weaving patterns. If my efforts turn out well, I just might post pictures of them within the next couple days.

And now... Holy Week!

1 comment:

Jack said...

I love the Easter holiday. I try to always keep in mind Jesus' death and resurrection but I like the yearly reminder when we can set aside time just for it.
My church usually has a dinner and after we eat and talk we sing songs and then talk some more. I am really excited for it, though part of it might be because I am just really excited for the weekend...
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter though as well!!

Like you, I love the ending of Oscar when Oscar walks in. My family and I quote that line non stop. "You are you?" "I'm Oscar!" "Get rid of him." And that one henchman looks so happy.
Though since seeing the movie...I've not been able to take the Oscars seriously. Might be a small price to pay though.