Trinity Episcopal Church
484 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
The Rev. Heidi Truax, Rector
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The Trinity Times
Palm Sunday 2003 at Trinity Lime Rock
|Palm Sunday 2003 dawned clear and beautiful in Northwest
|The rubrics for Palm Sunday specify "When
circumstances permit, the congregation may gather at a place apart from the
church, so that all may go into the church in procession."
(BCP, page 270)
|At Trinity, we certainly have a place where we can comply
with the direction to "gather at a place apart from the church". And the weather
cooperated fully, as the photo above shows.
However, there are logistical challenges inherent in the Liturgy of the
Palms, even for a small, rural parish like Trinity Lime Rock.
|For the people leading the procession, rehearsal helps.
Here are some pictures of the process for Palm Sunday 2003.
The perennial problem of music for the Palm Sunday procession was ably solved this
year, thanks to a member of our current Confirmation Class -- and her
(We all learned something! While clearly a sax is
non-traditional in this role, the tone of the instrument works perfectly
here! It's certainly superior to our efforts at "All Glory, Laud, and
Honor" a capella!)
|But a run-through still was needed to make sure that all went
smoothly during the actual procession. The pictures on the right
(click on any of them to see a larger view) show the Rector, Crucifer,
acolytes, choir -- and sax player -- getting ready, and ensuring that at
the end of the procession all would be where they were expected to be.
|Now it was time for participants to vest, for the Sunday
Schoolers who would actually distribute the palms to make sure they knew
their role, and for a prayer. (Click on any of the photos to the right for
a larger view).
|The rubrics say "The branches of palm or of other
trees or shrubs to be carried in the procession may be distributed to the
people before the service, or after the prayer of blessing." (BCP
At Trinity, the Celebrant usually blesses the palms before
distribution. Then, Sunday Schoolers distributed the palms to the
|"Let us go forth in peace; In the name of
The rubrics say: "During the procession, all hold branches
in their hands, and appropriate hynms, psalms, or anthems are sung, such as
the hymn "All Glory, laud, and honor" and Psalm 118: 19-20"
(BCP page 271)
Following the service, we reconvened in Walker Hall for a festive coffee
hour. (Click on any of the images to see it larger).
to see pictures of Palm Sunday 2004
to see our Sunday School's Palm Sunday crafts
to see more pictures of our Trinity Kids
on Palm Sunday (and all year long!)
to see our page about Maundy Thursday,
our next major observation in Holy Week
to see pictures of our celebration of Palm
Sunday in 2001
to return to Our Parish Year
See our page about
Holy Week 2009