I've never heard of this practice, but the rector's reference must be to
Luke 13:22-35, this week's gospel in the Episcopal lectionary:
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those
who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children
together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not
willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see
me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is the one who comes in the
name of the Lord.'"
I'll be interested to hear if others have run across this custom.
At 10:54 PM 2/29/2004, Adam Barner wrote:
>I was attended a church on Ash Wednesday that I had never been to
>before. The rector explained during the announcements that "Blessed
>is He who comes in the name of the Lord...." would not be sung at
>that parish until palm sunday. The reason had something to do with
>Jesus weeping over the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. I am
>wondering if this is a practice that is used elsewhere, and if so,
>what is the exact significance? Thanks.
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