The Liturgy of Palm Sunday is divided into three sections:
Liturgy of the Palms
Here we commemorate Christ’s entry into Jerusalem to accomplish his saving work by dying and rising again. In gathering outside the church and processing with palms we recreate his joyful entry and reception by the people. The procession marks the beginning of the Holy Week Journey which will end at Calvary.
Liturgy of the Passion
The reading of the long Passion Gospel takes us to the heart of the events of Holy Week. Coming straight after the procession it reminds us that Christ’s kingship is shown in the power of self giving love. The eloquence of the account makes any sermon unnecessary – the dramatic reading allows each of us to enter into the story.
Liturgy of the Sacrament
We have been in the crowds that followed Jesus and have heard again the story of his Passion. We respond by celebrating the memorial of our redemption, and feed on him who now, in this holiest of weeks, goes to his death.