Sunday, April 1, 2012

Palms and Psalms

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!

Thou hast kept count of my tossings; put thou my tears in thy bottle! Are they not in thy book?

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 .


Spiderdama said...

Oh, YES!
Touching to see this from Jerusalem..

Blessed week to you:-)

Anonymous said...

oh thank you for this chance to be a witness. takes still a week over here.

thank you very much for your effort and kindness to participate. please have a good new month and week ahead.

Scrappy Grams said...

I would love to visit the Holy City before I die. Palm Sunday would be the perfect time.

Travelogue for the Universe said...

Thanks Dina for your palms and Psalms. Have a blessed week, Mary

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this post! We celebrated Palmsunday yesterday. I am delighted that I recognize the places in your photos. Thanks to you I can say I have been there.

Francisca said...

It's so encouraging to see people of all faiths happily and peacefully walking side by side. The news brings us nothing but badness.

Louis la Vache said...

Somehow,«Louis» has gotten a Psalm behind again...
he is at Psalm 55.

Olga Levina said...

Ah, Palm Sunday - not being a christian, this is one of my favorite christian holidays... perhaps because in Russian, it's usually called "Willow Sunday" - not many palms in Russia! - and instead of palm branches, willow branches are used... this time of year, willow branches have small spring buds - this is the beginning of the spring!

Happy spring to you, Dina! Thanks for sharing these images from your beautiful Jerusalem :)

VP said...

This is a very bad day for the palms...

Sara said...

Thank you Dina. I was watching the Vatican's Palm Sunday celebration on TV and noticed they used olive branches too, as well as palms. I'm sure both were in plentiful supply for the original procession with Jesus. It was good to see the pilgrims' procession through your camera lens this time.