Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
March 29, 2015
Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out:
"Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!
Hosanna in the highest!"
Today's passage from Mark on Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem paints quite a picture: Jesus riding on the back of a colt, cloaks and leafy branches spread on the road, people preceding as well as following him, shouts of “Hosanna!” It looks and sounds like a moment of triumph, of great celebration. But the passage ends just before Jesus actually enters the city. It is a moment on the brink, on the edge. There is a choice, and depending on the choice that Jesus makes, all this is about to change: for Jesus, for his disciples, and for us as well.
We have been on the brink ourselves. We have all experienced other “holy weeks” in our lives: the week before we lost a family member or close friend; the week before we were married, began a new job, retired, or sent a loved one to an overseas deployment; the week before we moved, merged with another parish, or had our church closed. Life-changing choices followed. But this week is different. It defines us at our core; it gets to who we are and who we are called to be. We are all on the brink. The choice is ours!
God of salvation history,you have sent your son, Jesus, to redeem us and to give us a model for living.
Help all of us who have gone before and all of us who will follow
to enter more deeply into this holiest week of our lives.
Allow space for the symbols, texts, and melodies of this week to wash over us,
reminding us of who we are and what we have been called to be. Amen.
The Cathedral Community
St. Michael's Music Ministry
Jenny Ivens, Minister of MusicMusic is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event. The voice of the assembly is the primary voice in any liturgy. Singing unifies and deepens, underscores and heightens our worship. When we sing, we join the heavenly hosts of angels and saints, all those who came before us and all those to follow, in our offerings of praise and thanksgiving to God. We are the voice of Christ alive in the world. Through Abraham, God made us a promise. In Jesus Christ, the promise was fulfilled. Knowing all God does for us, How Can We Keep From Singing? Jesus, following a long tradition, prayed and sang with the disciples. You can join this ancient tradition by becoming a member of a music group dedicated to praising God through Sacred Song. In addition to singing, our lively celebrations are enhanced through the gifts of instrumentalists of all varieties. You can offer thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts he has bestowed upon you, your family and the community of St. Michael Catholic Church. We are offering you and opportunity, what can you offer in return?
The Music Ministry at St. Michael Catholic Church offers a wide variety of musical experiences for parishioners of all ages. We are constantly welcoming new members to our ensembles as they are the lifeblood of all ministries. Whether you are interested in the Children's Choir, the Adult Choir, or an instrumentalist of any kind (guitar, bass, flute, trumpet, drums etc.) you can be sure that you will be joining people with whom you will share many wonderful moments making music and lively fellowship. You will be contributing to the great tradition of musical ministry already established at St. Michael. Your musical talents are treasure that needs to be shared with the community, for the building up of the community and the glory of God!
Arts & Praise Choir
Breath of Heaven-Christmas CD 2011
Calendars and Schedules
Hallelujah Resurrection Easter 2012
How Great is Our God Music Easter 2012
I Will Rise Music - Easter 2012
In The Woodshed
Songs of the Village CD
St. Michael Theatre Group
Sullivan Guardian Ensemble
We The Voice CD