Passion Sunday - Lessons and Carols for Passiontide from St. John's Cathedral, Los Angeles.
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Today we enter Passiontide - the time of the year we turn our attention to our Lord's suffering and death as he turned his face toward Jerusalem where he knew his inevitable fate awaited him. Here at St. John's we celebrate this Sunday with particular emphasis on our Lord's Passion. In most Episcopal Churches, next Sunday, Palm Sunday has a dual focus on the entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem, but also on the reading of the passion Gospel. Here at St. John's, our Palm Sunday emphasis is only on the triumphal entry as we begin to tell the story of Jesus' last week. At the same time, we want to be able to hear the account of our Lord's passion proclaimed in Church as told by the different Gospel writers. Today we proclaim the passion Gospel.
We also read the story in "scenes" interspersing each section of the story with a musical reflection and a meditation from one of our Deans. We hope you listen to this story today with the ears of your heart and meet again the one who's love for us brought him to the cross. We sing the beautiful hymn My Song Is Love Unknown. Words from that hymn sum up what we seek to do today:
Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine; Never was love, dear King,
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend,
In whose sweet praise I all my days
Could gladly spend.
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