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What Do We Do With Our Palms?

by pastorjuhl ~ March 23rd, 2010

And at the end of it all we take our palms home, and reverently place them behind our crucifix; and we would do well to use the palms of all the members of our family, placing them in the living room, the kitchen, the bedrooms, the garden – in any place where we pass our time – that they may remain there throughout the year. Why should we do that? Because at the end of the procession the priest says this prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, our King and Redeemer, we have carried these branches and sung solemn praises in Thy honor. Graciously let Thy grace and blessing rest wherever these branches are brought; with the power of Thy right hand defeat every evil influence and deception of the devil while granting protection to those whom Thou hast redeemed; who are living and reigning with God and the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.”

The palms are not instruments of magic; they are not like superstitious amulets supposed to possess any power or virtue of their own; but they are the visible signs of the powerful prayer of God’s Church which calls down the blessing of God upon all the places where they are put. We who have faith in the Church should have faith in her prayers, and make use of their power to our sanctification and protection.”

– Clifford Howell, Preparing for Easter. Quoted by Pius Parsch, The Church’s Year of Grace, Volume 2, pages 299-300.

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