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Catholic Doors Ministry
presents

PLACING PALM BRANCHES
IN THE HOME.


The branches that are blessed and brought home on Palm Sunday are placed near the cross and Scriptures. After dinner, or at another time on Palm Sunday, the household gathers in prayer. All make the sign of the cross.

Leader: Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

Leader: We have come to the last days of Lent. Today, we hear the reading of the Passion. That story will remain with us as we leave Lent behind on Holy Thursday and enter into the Three Days when we celebrate the mystery of Christ passing through suffering and death to life at God's right hand.

"We are always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh."

The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

After a time of silence, members of the household join in prayers of intercession:

Leader: For an evening that is perfect, holy, peaceful, and without sin; let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: For the holy Church of God, that God may give it peace and unity and protect and prosper it throughout the whole world; let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: For our family and friends, may we always be kind, just and forgiving; let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

(You may also add any personal intentions.)

All: Our Father, who are in heaven...

Leader: Let us pray:

Blessed are you, God of Israel, so rich in love and mercy. Let these branches ever remind us of Christ's triumph. May we who bear them rejoice in his cross and sing your praise for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

Leader: May the Lord bless us, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The palm branches may now be placed where they will be displayed during the coming year.



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