March 21, 2013

Liturgical Guide: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Fresco from Parish Church of Zirl, Austria - Courtesy of Wikipedia

The hymns used on Palm Sunday in the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office) recall the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem as Holy Week begins. In the following video, Fr. Robert Barron of Word On Fire Ministries reflects upon the significance these events would have had for 1st century Jews. He begins with Jesus' approach "from the east" and the prophetic foretelling in Ezekiel 43 when the Shekinah, the Glory of Yahweh (that had left the Temple in Ezekiel 10) would return to reclaim the his Temple. Fr. Barron continues by quoting  Zechariah 9:9 and other Old Testament passages relating to the promised return of the Davidic King, Jesus the Son of David who arrives triumphant on Palm Sunday only be crucified on Good Friday, with above him the inscription: "I am the King of the Jews".

59. The King of Glory
87. Lord, Your Glory in Christ We Have Seen
101. Crown Him With Many Crowns
102. Hail, Redeemer, King Divine
103. All Glory, Praise, and Honor
104. O Sacred Head, Surrounded

20. Man of sorrows, Wrapt in Grief
21. O Cross of Christ Immortal Tree
22. Abroad the Regal Banners Fly
23. O Sacred Head Ill Usèd
24. My Song is Love Unknown

Gloria, Laus et Honor

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