Monday, April 02, 2007
We Now Return To Our Regular Programming
Thursday Mr. Green, our Senior Warden, and Mr. Hudson, our Sexton, drove to Summit Gardens in Parque Soberania to search for palms for Sunday. Every year I write a letter to the head of the park requesting permission to find palm fronds and every year they are very cooperative. Mr. Green and Mr. Hudson gathered enough palms for both of our services and for the folks at St. Alban's in Paraíso and St. Simon's in Gamboa. The ladies of the Altar Guild spent several hours Saturday cleaning and trimming the palms. Here is a photo of the palms, waiting their cleaning. We cover them with old bed spreads and water them regularly so they will be nice and pliant on Sunday; everyone spends their time folding them into crosses during the dramatic reading of Christ's Passion.
The following photos are of our Palm Sunday service at 7:30 am and Domingo de Ramos misa at 10:30 am.
1. Congregation gathering for the Liturgy of the Palms
2. The Altar Party
3. Listening to the Gospel
4. Blessing the palms
5. Another shot of the blessing of the palms
6. Proper stance for hitting the back row
7. The procession
8. The congregation in procession
9. Ms. Patsy Pusey with the thurible
10. Comin' at ya!
11. The Altar
12. El Congegación
13. El Coro
14. Blessing palms again
The Altar Guild held a bake sale between services. There was yuca-pone, empanadas de bacalao, muchas dulces and the Lovely Mona's popular chocolate chip cookies.
All in all, a very nice Domingo de Ramos here in Parque Lefevre.
It's the first night of Passover and our extended family is holding our family Seder tonight. I may have photos of our gathering tomorrow.
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