1142 L Mon 25 Mar 2002
Yesterday I was part of the Palm Sunday Walk in Melbourne. We carried palm branches and stopped for the Stations of the Cross. It began at 1400 at St Augustine's church and we walked up Bourke Street to St Patrick's Cathedral where there was a Mass at 1600.
The 1975 Roman Missal describes a procession for Passion Sunday (also known as Palm Sunday):
But I do not think the walk was this procession. One priest wore vestments. But Archbishop Hart did not, nor did other priests. The Roman Missal procession does not include the Stations of the Cross. So I think it was a popular devotion rather than liturgy.
The instructions given in the 1975 Roman Missal are:
The principal Mass was at 1100 and we had a procession then. We went out a side door of the cathedral and in through the back door. So there should not be another procession to the cathedral that day.
On Wednesday night at the liturgy class we were given a handout from a document by the National Liturgical Commission. It includes:
I hope this new Directory will convey the message: "If you do not like a liturgical law, such as one procession on Passion Sunday, do not circumvent it by calling it a popular devotion."
I think it would be great to have a proper procession (with vestments, candles, thurible and choir) down Bourke Street on Passion Sunday.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 25 March 2002. Last updated 2 July 2002. Roman Missal extracts from: The Sacramentary, Catholic Book Publishing Co, New York, 1985.