Happy Palm Sunday to the Christians!
I bring you some pictures from the procession in which nuns and monks, clergy and the faithful, Arab Scouts and a few Jewish police walk together from the Mount of Olives down to St. Stephen's Gate and into the Old City of Jerusalem.
The photos are from 2007 but it is the same every year, with people carrying palm fronds and olive branches. I read that today a white donkey walked at the head of the procession.
It is also Sunday number 56 in Robert Geiss' PsalmChallenge at Daily Athens Photo blog.
So here is Psalm 56.
1 To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
Be gracious to me, O God, for men trample upon me; all day long foemen oppress me; 2 my enemies trample upon me all day long, for many fight against me proudly. 3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in thee. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust without a fear. What can flesh do to me? 5 All day long they seek to injure my cause; all their thoughts are against me for evil. 6 They band themselves together, they lurk, they watch my steps. As they have waited for my life, 7 so recompense them for their crime; in wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
8 Thou hast kept count of my tossings; put thou my tears in thy bottle! Are they not in thy book?
9 Then my enemies will be turned back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. 10 In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, 11 in God I trust without a fear. What can man do to me?
12 My vows to thee I must perform, O God;
I will render thank offerings to thee.
13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, yea, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God in the light of life.
You can see my two slideshows, also from 2007:
Palm Sunday at the Holy Sepulchre
Palm Sunday procession .