Liturgy This Week

Palm Sunday - April 5, 2020

Note: this is NOT a video of mass; the Eucharist is being celebrated privately on our behalf by the Archbishop and others (links can be found at archstl.org). This is a glimpse of what you would have heard and seen at St. Vincent's this weekend if we could have all been here together.

Palm Sunday begins with shouts of joy! Things are different; we begin with a Gospel reading. We sing. We wave palm branches. But then we change course. We go back to the prophet Isaiah, who gives a message of hope during adversity. The refrain of Psalm 22 ("why have you abandoned me?") is juxtaposed to the last verse in which the psalmist sings praise to God in the midst of suffering. Then we hear the beautiful Kenosis Hymn in the letter to the Philippians. Finally, Matthew's text of Jesus' passion and death. The context of today's scriptures remind us that the death of our Lord is not the end -- we know that there is hope.

BTW, we don't have any coffee and donuts today. However, if you stick around 'til the end -- we do have a special treat for you!

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We cannot gather together physically today, so we join together in spirit with: 

Gospel @ the Blessing of Palms: 
Matthew 21:1-11

It's time to get up and wave some branches! (or whatever you have around the house)

Opening Song:
Hosanna to the Son of David
by Tom Booth (all rights reserved)
1st Reading:
Isaiah 50:4-7
Responsorial Psalm:
Psalm 22, Why Have You Abandoned Me
setting by Tom Kendzia (all rights reserved)
2nd Reading: 
Philippians 2:6-11
Homily: 
Father Jim Beighlie, CM

It wouldn't be church without a collection, right?

Even though you can't join us in person right now, we still have our neighbors who are homeless who need food every day. We continue to provide food - with heightened levels of safety. These extraordinary measures cost us more money than usual. If you can assist us in our mission to our community, please donate what you can.

Reflection: 
Holiness Is Faithfulness
by Danielle Rose (all rights reserved)
Communion Song: 
Jerusalem, My Destiny
by Rory Cooney (all rights reserved)
Closing Song: 
What Wondrous Love Is This

This week's Coffee and Donuts bonus track just for you:

As we reflect this week on our Lord's passion and death, here are Teri & Mona inviting us to walk with Jesus, to take a "Just a Closer Walk With Thee"