November 18, 2017

Liturgy of the Palms

Entry into Jerusalem, Fra Angelico

By Chaplain Mike

Today’s Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 (see Psalm 118)

hymn for palm sunday

color, color everywhere
greets the king on donkey’s foal
crowds are gath’ring! now, come quickly!
bless the lord with heart and soul!

pathway lined by royal sage
zion’s skies are dazzling blue
hail messiah! sing hosanna!
bless the lord who visits you!

wave green branches of the palms
shed bright cloaks and cast them down
run beside him! raise your voices!
bless the lord, sing his renown!

gleaming marble temple walls
magnify the glad refrain
onward, to the altar, singing!
bless the lord who comes to reign!

Comments

  1. THE DONKEY
    G.K. Chesterton

    When fishes flew and forests walked
    And figs grew upon thorn,
    Some moment when the moon was blood
    Then surely I was born;

    With monstrous head and sickening cry
    And ears like errant wings,
    The devil’s walking parody
    On all four-footed things.

    The tattered outlaw of the earth,
    Of ancient crooked will;
    Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
    I keep my secret still.

    Fools! For I also had my hour;
    One far fierce hour and sweet:
    There was a shout about my ears,
    And palms before my feet.

    • My name is Christopher which means Christ bearer. It has always stuck me as funny that that equates to the ass. He may well have thought all the hoopla was on his behalf and not on the behalf of the one he was bearing.

      • Christiane says:

        Thank you for sharing this . . . I always thought of ‘Christopher’ as a young man who carried Christ across a pond of water . . . but that was legend. Your idea is is interesting.

  2. Great poem, Chaplain Mike. Thank you for writing it and for sharing it with us.