PALM SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2017
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This Sunday is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. We will begin both services just outside the Church doors with the Blessing of the Palms. At the 8 a.m. Mass, we will then enter the church together waving our palms and singing a cappella one verse of “All glory laud and honor to thee, Redeemer King!” At the 10:15 a.m. service after the palms have been blessed, we will walk around our property to The Sharing Community, the wall on South Broadway and back to our parking lot, singing “I want Jesus to walk with me” and saying prayers for the poor and neglected, for social service, for the victims of addiction, for those who have died on the streets of Yonkers, and for clarity in our call as a congregation to be a blessing to Getty Square. We will then enter the Church singing “All glory laud and honor to thee Redeemer King!” Both services feature a reading of the entire Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew, read by different voices with the entire Congregation becoming the crowd as we yell, “Crucify him. Crucify him.”
There is no easy way to approach Holy Week. We are not just confronted with the stark reality of Christ’s crucifixion and death, but once again we face our own complicity in the grave sins of denial and betrayal of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ, something that is more common to our modern life than we think.
Please join us on this pilgrim walk.
“In my sorrows, Lord, walk with me. In my sorrows, Lord, walk with me.
When my heart within is aching, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.”
Lenten blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota