Today is Palm Sunday.  The church has been decorated in purple during the five previous weeks of Lent.  Purple for the desert.  Purple for the waiting.  Purple in anticipation of what is to come.

Today, if nothing else, people who walked into the church would have noticed the red.  People would also notice the fresh palms.  Palms are given out one day a year – Palm Sunday – in the Catholic Church.  Old palms are burned to create the ashes used for Ash Wednesday, a complete circle.

Palm Sunday is a day that is red on the Church calendar.  Red for the Passion that is read or enacted.  Red for the celebration of Christ coming into Jerusalem.  Red, though not the Church’s intent but in my mind, for the blood that is to be spilt this week.

Palm Sunday is the beginning of the most solemn week in the Church year.  Palm Sunday starts the week that leads up to the most important act in Christ’s ministry – the resurrection.  Christians are, after all, people of the risen Christ so without Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday – also called Maundy Thursday in some denominations, Good Friday and Easter there would not be a risen Christ and not be Christians as we know them today.

I will warn you all now.  I do not like pushing religion as I know that my readers are of all faiths and of no faith.  This is, though, an important week in my life each year.  I will write about my times in church this week.  I will write about the celebration of the First Eucharist and why it is important to remember it.  I will try to tip you all off by the title so if you don’t want to read, you do not have to read.

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