is the sixth and final Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week, the most
solemn period in the Christian church. In 2007, Palm Sunday falls on April 1.
1: Go to church. Even if you're not religious
in a formal way, the Palm Sunday service ' particularly the Catholic Mass '
is worth seeing.
2: Listen as the celebrant of the Mass says five prayers asking God
to bless the palm branches; he then sprinkles them with holy water, infuses
them with incense and, after another prayer, distributes them to the congregation
as the choir sings "Pueri Hebraeorum." Clergy and congregation form
a procession and, carrying the blessed palms, march out of the church.
STEP 3: While everyone else waits outside, two or four chanters
enter the church and sing the hymn "Gloria, laus," which those outside
STEP 4: At the end of the hymn, the subdeacon knocks at the
church door with the staff of the cross, the door is opened and everyone enters
singing "Ingrediente Domino".
STEP 5: Stay for the subsequent Mass, the highlight being the
singing of the Passion according to St. Matthew, during which everyone holds
their palm branches.
STEP 6: Keep in mind that, traditionally, the faithful took
their blessed palms home and used them as protective charms in the house, barn