Monday, April 18, 2022

Palm Sunday 2022 Photopost (Part 3)

We continue with even more photos of your Palm Sunday liturgies, and there will be yet another post of them after this one, before we move on to the Triduum and Easter. There’s plenty of time for you to send in your pictures to, remembering to include the name and location of the church, and other information you think important. May the Lord continue to bless you in these days of His glorious Resurrection - He is truly risen!

St Mary’s Oratory – Wausau Wisconsin (ICRSP)
Prince of Peace – Taylors, South Carolina
St Mary – Conshohocken, Pennsylvania (FSSP)
Sant’ Erasmo – Legnano, Italy
In the Ambrosian Rite, as in the Roman Rite, processions before Mass are always treated as penitential acts, and there celebrated in violet, but the color of the Masses of all of Holy Week up to the Easter vigil is red, which was ancient regarded as a color of mourning.

Oratory of Ss Gregory and Augustine – St Louis, Missouri
Courtesy of Kiera Petrick
Church of the Immaculate Conception – Pruszkowie, Poland
Following a custom of long-standing in Poland, after the opening of the church door of the church, there takes places a rite called ‘the scourging of the Cross.’ The procession stops outside the sanctuary, and an unveiled cross is laid on a pillow. The priest and servers kneel down and struck the cross three times with the palm, chanting the antiphon Scriptum est enim, at a higher pitch each time, and repeated by the choir. ‘For it is written: I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.” The priest then stands, takes up the Cross and raises it three times, the first two times intoning the penultimate stanza of the Vexilla Regis (O Crux, ave, spes unica), which is completed by the choir. Putting the cross back on the pillow, the celebrant incenses it three times and kisses it, then stands and says the following prayer: ‘O God, who whilst ruling savest and by sparing justifiest: through the Passion of Thy only-begotten Son, and our Lord Jesus Christ, free us from worldly distresses and grant us eternal joy. Through the same Christ our Lord.’

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