Sunday, March 29, 2015

Our Souls Spread Before Him

'Let us spread before His feet, not garments of soulless olive branches, which delight the eye for a few hours and then wither, but ourselves clothed in His grace, or rather, clothed completely in Him.  We who have been baptized into Christ must ourselves be the garments that we spread before Him.  Now that the crimson stains of our sins have been washed away in the saving waters of baptism and we have become white as pure wool, let us present the Conqueror of death, not with mere branches of palms but with the real rewards of His victory.

'Let our souls take the place of the welcoming branches as we join today in the children's holy song:  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.  Blessed is the king of Israel.' 

(St. Andrew of Crete, from Liturgy of the Hours for Palm Sunday, Catholic Book Publishing Co. NY, 1976, pp.419-420)

Painting: Charles Courtney Curran, in US public domain due to age

1 comment:

  1. Amen! I gladly wave palm branches..prostrate myself and sing the Messianic song with the children of Israel.. " Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai!" Blessed is HE...Who comes in the Name of the LORD!


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