"Like the Children with the palms of victory..."

...swinging them round and smacking their sisters in the head and slaying unseen dragons."

Surely the victory palm bearing children who were ushering Jesus into Jerusalem would not have played "Centurian" would they? Naw, they were illumined and their nouses fully watchful and alive, right?

I'd like to think that similar to me, some of the parents present on that day spent as much time keeping their kids from sending palm shoots up each others noses as they did shouting "Hosanna!"

So here's your deep and profound post on Lazarus Saturday/Palm Sunday. Welcome to my reality. Another parental lesson on humility.

:)

Comments

Munkee said…
When i first came to St. Barnabas we had nearly no small children, it was a quiet liturgy. Now, there are approx. 12 children under the age of 2 in our small parish (not to mention many over the age of 2)! It is no longer quiet during the liturgy and i am thankful. The empty nester's are having difficulty adjusting, but it's good for them. We only had the small palm crosses yesterday, but it was quite cute to watch Basil charge down the hall with a cross firmly clinched in each tiny fist.

Have a blessed Holy Week my brother.
Anonymous said…
Gee, our kids at Annunciation were perfectly behaved with their palm frond light sabers. No permanent injuries were reported. Myself, I am finally mastering the art of making the palm frond cross...eventually, if I work at it over several Palm Sundays, I'll be able to produce the three-barred palm frond cross. (Maybe I should practice humility and ask one of the high school kids how it's done.) A blessed Holy Week to all the Paradosis clan.
Anonymous said…
Stupid computer. I'm "anonymous". Sorry about that, chief.
Mimi said…
I also consider it a good Palm Sunday when noones eye has been poked out!

Although, as my kids get older, one now serves in the Altar so he's not swinging the palms around, and the other has the teenage snarl down, so he's not swining it around either.

Kind of makes me miss the old poking in the eye days!

In Christ,
Michelle
Mimi said…
I would like to make two small corrections, grrr.

One is that is "swinging" the palms around.

And, secondly, I realize that the eyes belong to no one and that it is two words. So, that should read "no one's eyes"

My apologies for posting before my brain was in gear.
Seraphima said…
Maybe there were more practical purposes for the use of pussywillows over palm branches...of course, then you are picking up the little fuzzy things off the floor all week but...we didn't have palm fight.
Fr. David said…
How hilarious...my dad (who is not Orthodox, but still could relate to this) told me a story of how he accidentally (right, Dad) through a pussywillow through the air and directly into the eye of...I think it was Aunt Tara. Falling all over oneself to apologize immediately followed.
Fr. David said…
How hilarious...my dad (who is not Orthodox, but still could relate to this) told me a story of how he accidentally (right, Dad) threw a pussywillow through the air and directly into the eye of...I think it was Aunt Tara. Falling all over oneself to apologize immediately followed.
Anonymous said…
I'm so glad I wasn't the only one telling my boys to keep the palms down..."you'll poke your(or my!) eye out!".

It took my boys about 2 minutes to figure out you can slide the fronds down into the crosses to make a beautiful sword.

:) -Julie

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