Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Wednesday Festival: Palm or Passion or Both or???
Our different traditions have varied ways of treating the Palm Sunday to Passion Sunday shift, and it's been interesting to see the discussion around it this year.
Those who don't have weekday services in Holy Week, or who find them woefully underattended, worry that their people will not have the opportunity to experience the Passion at all, and will go straight from this week's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem to next week's RESURRECTION BASH!
Moving from usual practice, I'm including here a few links to items by folk outside our ring, because they have been much discussed WITHIN the ring. With our new Facebook page and ongoing Twitter presence, some of that discussion has taken place in those venues, and I wanted to bring it back over to the blog, too.
I think Songbird encapsulated the discussions and confusion in a tweet: "So Palm is not supposed to have Passion and Easter is not supposed to be special. I think I'll just go back to bed."
She referred to these two posts: Karoline Lewis' blog in The Christian Century Against Passion Sunday and Bruce Reyes Chow writing on Why Easter Worship Service Should Be Nothing Special. What do you think? Are you making any changes to your traditional way of handling this? (And by the way, what IS your tradition? Does it follow your denominational tradition? If not, why?) You may respond in the comments here, or if you have a blog post to link here, use this formulation: <a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a> For a complete how-to click here.