The transfer of the Sunday of the Passion from the Fifth Sunday in Lent to the Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday) represents a return to one of the earliest practices in the church. Palm Sunday was celebrated as part of the observation of the first day of Holy Week, or the Passion of Our Lord. First in Jerusalem, then in other parts of the church, the entire Passion story was read on this Sunday. The other three gospel narratives of the Passion were read during Holy Week, so that the "history of the Passion" was proclaimed at least four times during this pivotal week. The Gospel of St.
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?