Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

Photo credit: Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem by Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin

Photo credit: Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem by Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin

In Holy Week, the Church more fervently meditates on the Paschal Mystery. We begin today, Palm Sunday, with our Lord Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.

Exult greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!
Behold: your king is coming to you,
a just savior is he,
Humble, and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Zechariah 9:9).

With palms let us welcome the Lord as he comes, with songs and hymns let us run to meet him, as we offer him our joyful worship and sing: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.”

– From the antiphon for Morning Prayer, Palm Sunday

Reflection Question: As Lent comes to a close and we prepare ourselves for the mystery of our redemption in Christ’s death and resurrection, how do I praise him as King in my life? How do I seek first his kingdom?

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