Unlike America, Catholic churches in Italy don’t give palm leaves for Palm Sunday services. What a shock! (You can read more about this unusual habit in last year’s Palm Sunday post.)
So, this year I was prepared. I arrived just in time to purchase this.
Apparently, Father Alessandro had already blessed this leaf, so the price went up. Or, it was inflation. Either way, we paid the man double what we paid last year – a whopping 2 euro – before heading to Mass.
But, I think it was worth it. Don’t you?
Happy LT, everyone!
I was planning to describe the 500 people spilling from the piazza for Mass, with Padre Ale’s voice booming from the front, accompanied by a slightly off-key church choir. I was going to tell you about the group of 30-something men who stood at the back of the square smoking cigs, or the 80-something white-haired grandmother who chatted on her cell…but you aren’t interested in that. This is Love Thursday, so enjoy!