Palm Sunday traditionally marks the beginning of Holy Week. According to scripture “green branches were cut from the trees and placed on the road” as Jesus entered into the city. In Jewish tradition, palms had often been associated with victory. The crowds shouted, “Hosanna” which means God save us. It was a festive day as pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean Sea gathered to celebrate the week of Passover.
Our Palm Sunday Service at Lake of the Isles will be a festive day as well. The Sunday School children will process with their palms. The service will include a choral reading of the Passion Story According to St. Matthew woven together with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sacred cantata, Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem BWV 159, Behold, let us go up to Jerusalem with the Lake String Quartet and guest woodwinds. The choir will also perform one of the most beloved anthems for Palm Sunday, Jean-Baptiste Faure’s The Palms.