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April 04, 2004

Pussywillow Sunday

This is the gate of the LORD;
The righteous will enter through it.
I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me,
And You have become my salvation.
The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.
This is the LORD'S doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
O LORD, do save, we beseech You;
O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD;
We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God, and He has given us light;
Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I give thanks to You;
You are my God, I extol You.
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalms 118:20-29

In Ukraine and much of Eastern Europe, the pussywillow is used to represent the palm as we remember Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey.

Until recently, our boys composed the a large portion of the children at our church, and sat with us throughout the service. This week was the first children's church lesson during the sermon. When they returned from their lesson, the children had palm branches of cardboard, pussywillow and palm fronds and sang "Hosanna to the King!" in Russian.

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What an interesting birthday request from a 7 year old. . .

When I was seven, we lived on Adak, Alaska. In frount of our duplex, sheltered from the wind, was one of the few trees on the island--a pussywillow.

Posted by: TulipGirl at April 8, 2004 12:05 PM


 
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