Sunday April 17
Today is Palm Sunday and the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo was a short walk from my hotel, so I went to Mass there this morning. The cathedral was beautiful, and as in all Catholic churches on Palm Sunday, there was a lot of pomp and circumstance with a processional today.
I noticed two things that we different here in Italy with regards to Palm Sunday. Instead of distributing palms, they were distributing olive branches, and there was actually was a man trimming these on the church steps. I didn’t take one as I was not going to my home after Mass, but the woman sitting beside me gave me two of hers. Italians never stop being generous – it is just part of the culture.
The other thing I noticed was when the collection was taken, it appeared that the donations consisted only of change. I don’ know if that is the amount that people typically give, or whether previously arranged donations had been made. Interesting.