Let our souls take the place of palm branches, says Andrew of Crete


Happy Palm Sunday!

Saint Andrew of Crete exhorts us to lay down our very selves, not merely “soulless branches” before the triumphant Christ as we enter into Holy Week

From this morning’s Office of Readings:

So let us spread before his feet, not garments or soulless olive branches, which delight the eye for a few hours and then wither, but ourselves, clothed in his grace, or rather, clothed completely in him. We who have been baptised into Christ must ourselves be the garments that we spread before him. Now that the crimson stains of our sins have been washed away in the saving waters of baptism and we have become white as pure wool, let us present the conqueror of death, not with mere branches of palms but with the real rewards of his victory. Let our souls take the place of the welcoming branches as we join today in the children’s holy song: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the king of Israel.

From a sermon by Saint Andrew of Crete, bishop

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