This Sunday is Palm Sunday!
This week's reading invites us to recreate Jesus' triumphant procession
Find a space for your special scene - the center of a table, a hallway, wherever there's room for some creating and play. Take your time, wonder, and enjoy.
the king is coming to you
Think about kings, and royalty. How do we treat them? How do they treat us? What do kings wear, and do? Contrast that with Jesus' procession. Can you be a king if you don't wear a jeweled crown or ride in a golden carriage?
Find or make a figure that can represent Jesus. Add a crowd of people, too. Lego people? Paper cutouts from a magazine? Stuffies?
a donkey and a colt (the foal of a donkey)
My favorite donkey is from a children's book from when I was little, "Brighty of the Grand Canyon" - but nowadays, probably the most famous donkey is the star of "The Wonky Donkey" (no doubt you've seen the video of the Scottish granny reading it aloud; check it out online for some cheerful giggles).
Did you know that the cross on a donkey's back represents their important role in Jesus' life? A donkey carried him before he was born, while escaping during the Holy Family's flight into Egypt, and then - on Palm Sunday. Some legends claim it was the same donkey. You could write a poem or a story about that!
Or take a look at Pinterest. . . there are lots to look at!
cloaks on the road
Create a symbolic road: use a table runner, newspaper, or any sort of a long rectangle. If it's nice out, maybe use a garden, driveway, or sidewalk. Now strew it with cloaks! Doll clothes, scarves, socks, construction paper cutouts of jackets. . . (I've never seen a road covered in clothes, though I've heard of gentlemen covering puddles with their jackets - maybe in the movies! Is it anything like hockey's hat trick? Why would people spread out their cloaks?)
cut branches from the trees
The Episcopal Church reminds us that any shrubs, leaves, or branches will do - if palms are unavailable to us. Use real greenery, or craft your own with paper. Plenty of "palm" crafts are found on Pinterest - tracing hands creates cute palm fronds. Spread some of your palms onto your "road" - and hold on to some for waving. (Palms also make a very nice decoration for windows, doors, or mirrors.)
is an interesting word. In the very olden days, it meant something like "Help! Save us!" - but when Jesus arrived for this special procession, Hosanna turned into something joyous: "We are saved!!! THANK YOU!"
Now enjoy a pretend parade down that homemade symbolic road: with Jesus, a special donkey, cloaks and palms covering the way; branches waving and dipping; everyone shouting "Hosanna"! What else would be good to shout? How can we say "Thank you!"
"Who is this?"
Who is Jesus? Do you remember the many names given to him at his birth?(Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!)
What do you know about him? How do you answer: "Who is this?"
‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’
Here he is! We are saved! Thank you! HOSANNA!