Holy Week in Chartres (1): Palm Sunday

As Holy Week begins, it is helpful to ask “Who is this Jesus?” What words can I choose to express my faith in God? What do my actions communicate about who Jesus is?

Entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem by Jill Geoffrion
People welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem as they place their cloaks and tree branches on the road

My Prayer:

Jesus, may this Holy Week lead me into a deeper knowledge of who You are.

Entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem by Jill Geoffrion
Jesus (with a halo behind his head) entering Jerusalem on a donkey

Scriptural Touchstone: 

When Jesus and his disciples had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey,and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.” Matthew 21:1-10 (NRSV)

Invitation To Pray:

Entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem by Jill Geoffrion
Jesus on a donkey. His disciples behind him are holding palm fronds.

As you consider who Jesus is to you, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.

Photos: The entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Carved in 1145, these sculptures are found in the frieze above the west doorway on the south side of the Chartres Cathedral in France.


Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.


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