March 25, 2012

Lent 5: Passion Sunday 2012

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Passage: Hebrews 9:11, Matthew 20:20
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Today our worship and readings begin to focus more directly on the coming Passion of Christ.  The  change  in  our  vestments  from  the  purple  of  Lenten  penitence  to  the  sombre  Red  of Passiontide displays in colour this change in attention.  At the beginning of the week before Palm Sunday,  our  Lord  spoke  more  openly  than  he  ever  had  about  his  Passion,  so  this  Sunday  is Passion Sunday.   The opening hymn for today, “The Royal Banners Forward Go”, is one of the oldest Christian hymns, and it is a special one for beginning of Passiontide. It was first sung on Nov. 19, 569. When you consider how quickly much of our most popular music comes and goes, this must be worthy of note:  569 to 2012 and going strong.

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