Yesterday, we attended the traditional Palm Sunday ceremonies and Mass, with Msgr. Schmitz, ICR, as the main celebrant. If you do not know what “it’s all about”, the following video should give you an idea of the most beautiful ceremony and outdoor procession which take place on this special day within the rite of the TLM. (The video is not of our Palm Sunday celebration, but that of a TLM community in Connecticut.)
What I find especially moving is seeing and hearing the loud “thuds” of the church door being struck three times with the crucifix. We celebrate the triumphant entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem as He is rightfully proclaimed King! But that is not all. More is symbolized in this action. From inside the church penetrate the harmonious strains of Gregorian chant being sung by the schola. Heaven, heretofore closed, is now being opened with the key of the cross of our Lord and Savior! We are now permitted entrance into the Heavenly Jerusalem where Christ reigns as our eternal King!
You’ll notice that TLM communities have no shortage of altar boys, and as is typical, no shortage of children and young people.