PROCESSION OF THE PALMS - in downtown Detroit - Sunday, April 17, 2011
Since the early days of the Christian Church, palm leaves were blessed at Worship Services on Palm Sunday and carried home by the faithful as a symbol of Christ’s presence among them. Before Ash Wednesday, the blessed palm is burned and its residue is used in the distribution of ashes as a symbol of penance during Lent. On Palm Sunday, April 17th , there will be the Procession and a Blessing of the Palms, in each of the three Worship Services, at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Detroit. The Rev. Dr. David Eberhard will preach and will be assisted by the Cathedral Ministry Pastors. The Sunday School children, each carrying palms, will lead the Procession from Eastern Market (weather permitting) into the church at 9:30 a.m. and they will sing at the beginning of the Worship Service. Each person present at any of the three Worship Services, will receive a blessed palm to take home.