Friday, April 3, 2009

If your palms aren't suitable for processing on Sunday, this is why . . .

There's a box of palms sitting in a dark room at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church. The 700 green palms are chilly - kept between 40 and 50 degrees to keep from wilting.

But on Sunday, they'll warm spirits and see daylight, as they make their big debut for Palm Sunday - the beginning of Holy Week.

Palm Sunday observes Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, where he was greeted by Passover observers waving palm branches and proclaiming Jesus as the messianic King. Today, palm fronds are used to symbolize the event. . . .

What to do with the palms after church varies. Typically, Catholic churches require the fronds to be taken home and placed on crucifixes and holy pictures. The following year, Christians are asked to bring the palms back to church, where they're burned to make ashes for Ash Wednesday.

''Anything that is blessed has to be burned or buried,'' Salogar said. This includes the palms, as well as statues and purificators. Bay City Times

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