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A Strange Glory  ( March 29, 2015 )

This day is called Palm Sunday as well as the Sunday of the Passion. This dual naming reveals a twofold emphasis. The service begins commemorating King Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. There He is beheld and welcomed by worshipers who have paved His pathway both with palm branches and articles of their clothing, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Similarly, we wave our own palm branches with which we proclaim the glory, laud, and honor due our blessed Savior. Nevertheless, as that first Palm Sunday pageantry shortly gave way to the persecution of Passion Week, so also the liturgy today swiftly transitions from tones of triumph to those of lamentation. As the Passion narrative from John is read, our rejoicing is subdued, as we behold the strange glory of our crucified Savior.

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