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Celebrating Palm Sunday with Matthew’s passion narrative

O’Loughlin, Thomas

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Thomas O’Loughlin


Twice each year, on Palm Sunday and Good Friday, the reading of the gospel becomes visibly a liturgical event in its own right. On these occasions the dramatic reading with several voices may replace the solitary tone of the deacon/priest. Yet in most parishes this is not only a missed opportunity to do something which can enhance the whole celebration, but can become something counter productive to good communication. At the very least it can become a shambles of voices coming in off-cue, lines-lost, or confused mumbling (“Whose line is it?” “Whose that voice supposed to represent?”). At worst it can it can send hidden signals to the congregation about how we view the passion, the Jews, and the ministry of proclamation.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 28, 2018
Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 28, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 1, 2019
Journal The Pastoral Review
Print ISSN 1748-362X
Electronic ISSN 1748-362X
Publisher Tablet Publishing Company
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue March/April 2019
Pages 18
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