We’re coming up on Holy Week. Churches will be rolling out their Easter musicals. Because people don’t go to church on Good Friday like they used to, churches will also put the Passion narrative on Palm Sunday.
Palm Sunday…what’s that all about? It is, strictly speaking, the celebration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, beginning what Bossuet calls “the last week of the Saviour.” The cheering crowds spread palm fronds along the way as he entered the city on a donkey.
For South Floridians, Palm Sunday echoes Palm Beach. But that’s complicated too. First the Town of Palm Beach doesn’t take kindly to people entering on a donkey. Second, the church I grew up in, which made little palm crosses for everyone to wear, became the church of the double cross.
Further north, the battle cry for houses of worship is “…let’s do it the way the Baptists do it!” Baptists for years preached against the liturgical year, but now Lifeway features Advent paraphernalia. But they still can’t sing what they’re supposed to on Easter, and things aren’t better the week before.
It’s time for improvement. The proper hymn for Palm Sunday is “All Glory, Laud, and Honour,” depicted in the highly English performance below. (Personally I think we did a better job back home with our paid youth choir, but I digress…”