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Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
The Altar-ed View
by Leslie Dicioccio, Altar Guild President
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Burlingame, CA
Following the abundance of greens and flowers at Christmas and the extra sparkle of light during Epiphany, it may be sobering to see their absence in St. Paul’s sanctuary starting mid-February. But it’s meant to be that way — it’s what Lent looks like.
Out are the altar flowers, the frontal (the floor length covering of the Holy Table) and much of the fine silver. The setting of the Holy Table stays simple for the 40 days of Lent.
In are penitential purple hangings, starting Wednesday, February 14th and the ashes for imposition on the first day of Lent.
To make the ashes, the clergy and Altar Guild maintains a centuries-old tradition. Palms from last spring’s Palm Sunday are saved especially for burning this Shrove Tuesday, the night before Ash Wednesday. Parishioners are welcome to bring their own saved palms to add to the fire.
Carrying out and carrying forward our liturgical traditions in rhythm with the church year is the work of the Altar Guild. Sharing what we learn and do is key to keeping these traditions alive for future generations.