Holy Week Meme
1. What do you do with your new blessed palm from Palm Sunday?
I usually fold it into the shape of a cross and keep it in my room or use it as a book mark. With larger palm branches, I use them to decorate my room shrine or place over doorways.
2. What do you do with your old one from last year?
I have never burnt the palms. The one from last year, I left in my room in the Philippines.
3. What do you do during Holy Week in preparation for Good Friday?
This year I will have various duties as sacristan - cleaning silver, preparing altar linen etc. In addition I shall be learning music for Tenebrae and the various other liturgies. On Wednesday, Br Paul and I will go to Norwich for the Chrism Mass. I intend to sing the Passion of St John every day this week to familiarise myself with the music and also as a devotion. Customarily, I also listen to Bach's St Matthew & St John Passions and also the setting by Arvo Part, which I love.
4. How do you commemorate Christ's Passion on Good Friday?
I will be at the 3pm Solemn Liturgy and will sing the part of the Evangelist in the Passion according to St John. We shall be using the Dominican chant setting of the sacred text.
5. When do you colour Easter eggs?
I don't do this any more although I used to do it as a child... I understand there will be an Easter egg hunt in our priory though!
6. When do you buy Easter candy?
I'm not doing that this year, although I expect our Bursar has... Last year I bought chocolate for many of my friends in parish where I lived and worked in the Philippines and did so during Passiontide.
7. What is the first thing you plan to do Easter morning?
Drag myself out of bed... sing Morning Prayer with the community at 9:30am and then attend the 11am Solemn Mass.
i) Roan Marbert Gomez;
iii) Fr Philip N. Powell OP, if he's reading!
The photo above shows a vendor selling palm branches, often fashioned into beautiful shapes, in the Philippines.