Palm Sunday at St. Louis-en-l'Ile

Today, we took the bus to Ile-St-Louis to watch Les Rameaux, the Palm Sunday procession which starts at the bridge that joins Ile-de-la-Cité and Ile-St.-Louis and continues to the church. People of all ages congregated, the priest read from the Scriptures, then a procession followed the incense and palms to the church. A woman gave us a paper with the words to the hymns that were being sung and we joined the procession.

The new bells of Notre Dame rang today and there were huge crowds waiting to enter the cathedral.  There are bleachers outside and a large screen showing the mass to those who are waiting. Notre Dame is magnificent but I prefer to attend a smaller parish church for worship.

It was so cold today in Paris. We window-shopped on L'Ile-St.-Louis but there was such a bite in the air. We ate lunch in a restaurant near Notre Dame and returned to the apartment to put on more clothes.
The window of St. Pierre designed by Max Ingrand
There was a free concert with organ and choir at our local church St. Pierre de Montmartre. The choir was wonderful and again the church was filled with neighbourhood people of all ages.They sang Stabat Mater, a 13th century hymn of the sorrowing mother. We will try to visit different Paris churches during HolyWeek.

We didn't have any religious observation of my father's death in January. His ashes are at my sister's and we plan to do something on his birthday in July. It all seems incomplete to me. My dad volunteered for thirty years on a committee for affordable seniors' housing and a new tower is being named after him but I will miss the ground-breaking. Easter is a time for thinking about mortality and immortality.


  1. I think it would be very hard not to have a funeral for closure. They are such a part of my family culturally and religiously, and so I feel empathy for what you're going through.

    That's a gorgeous stained glass window. I attended Palm Sunday mass at Ely Cathedral in England one year and it was quite different than a small church. I'm glad I did it, but I do prefer a more intimate place to worship on a regular basis.


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