Holy Week In Chartres (Remembered): Palm Sunday

Spending Holy Week in Chartres was my plan for 2020. I was looking forward to being encouraged, inspired, and deepened by the beautiful, meaningful services. While COVID-19 may have made travel impossible and emptied the cathedral, photographs of past Holy Weeks can still help us to enter into this time of reflection and prayer.

Processional Cross used on Palm Sunday in Chartres

My Prayer:

God, as the Chartres Cathedral can not welcome worshippers, tourists, the curious, the devout, or even more than one or two of the clergy that serves there, may its beauty still move us all deeper into Your heart of Love.

Palm Sunday, Chartres
Twelfth-century image of Jesus entering into Jerusalem,
Life of Christ Window (1145-55)

Invitation to Prayer:

Palm Sunday procession entering through the south portal
of Chartres Cathedral

Remember those you have worshipped with in the past. Pray for them, that this Holy Week might draw them deeper into the heart of Christ.

Entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem
Sculptural Frieze on the West Wall (1145)

Pray that we will all find new ways to be in community.

Ask that you might discover ways to encourage others to walk with Jesus this Holy Week.

Scriptural Touchstone:

These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,
and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
a multitude keeping festival. Psalms 42:4 NRSV


All images were taken on Palm Sundays in the past decade.

To Understand These Images Better
Jesus’s Entry into Jerusalem: The Life of Christ Window
Jesus’s Entry into Jerusalem: Sculptural Frieze
Previous blog on Palm Sunday in Chartres by Jill
The Sunday Mass (Palm Sunday 2020–Bishop & 4 liturgists) at Chartres (in France)
Worship Sheet: Palm Sunday Liturgy 2020 in Chartres

Worshipper holding up a « palm » (i.e. French boxwood)
to be blessed.

Posts from recent blogs:
Images of Death in Chartres Cathedral

Life and Death
Talking about Death
Hanging On Before Letting Go
Considering Our Lives
Possibilities in Times of Grief

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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