Palm Sunday Tablescape
Palm Sunday doesn’t get a lot of attention, and in many churches it seems to get lost in the magnitude of Good Friday, Lent, and Easter. As a kid, I have fond memories of walking through the sanctuary waving palm branches. As an adult, I loved walking with the little ones or watching them in the procession.
For those not in the know, Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on a donkey. The people basically declared him as the Messiah (the one they expected to free from Roman rule and set up his Kingdom on earth) and they waved palm branches yelling “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”! Others took those palm fronds as well as their cloaks to cover the path that he would use to enter the city. This was the same treatment recorded in honoring Kings at their coronation (2 Kings 9:13).
This event (as well as the donkey he would ride) was prophesied hundreds of years earlier (Zech 9:9). It marks the start of “Passion Week” (and the last week of Lent) which is the last week of Jesus’ ministry and culminates with His work on the cross.
You can find the account in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11: 1-11, Luke 19: 28-44 and John 12:12-19
I created a fun Palm Sunday tablescape to provide a way to discuss the meaning and symbolism of Palm Sunday with your family over your Sunday meal!
If I had kids I would tell them..
The purple, palm fronds, grapes, and Fleur De Lis were all to symbolize royalty. We all know Jesus wasn’t French, and I could have used a crown, but I chose the Fleur De Lis “flower of the lily” for many reasons. It’s a stylized lily with petals bound near their bases, and the lily itself often symbolizes purity and chastity as well as the Holy Trinity. It also represented French royalty and was often found at the end of scepters.
Palm Fronds or branches were awarded to athletes in ancient Greece when they were victorious, and have long been a symbol of victory, peace (because a victory means the fight has finished), and triumph. In Ancient Egypt, they even represented immortality.
You could also add a little science in with the difference between a palm branch and a fern (palm is a flowering plant and ferns do not flower but have spores for reproduction).
The burlap covered chargers and tan place mats reminded me of the desert conditions and a road covered in cloaks.
The finishing touches are small circular wood rings that look an awful lot like a crown of thorns that I used as napkin holders and on the Fleur De Lis.
I got everything but the dinnerware and place mats at Hobby Lobby. A nice purple cloth runner would have been lovely, but for this tablescape I simply used purple poster/foam board.
There were more decorative fleur de lis, but I found a perfect sized one in wood and this cardboard-like material for even less!
The palm branches all came in one cluster so I individually plucked them off. It was very simple to do; no wire cutting required!
Lessons learned from Palm Sunday for kids and adults.
Christ is King. He may not have politically freed the Israelites, but he freed mankind and will one day rule in peace. He is royal and deserves all our praise and adoration.
The Bible is true and the crucifixion planned and necessary. Palm Sunday is just one small example of prophesy working itself out to the smallest detail.
People are fickle (and often give into peer pressure). This is the one that gets me every time I read this account of Christ entering the city. Many in that large crowd that laid down their coats for their Savior one week later were shouting for his death. When he did not live up to their expectations they lost sight of the truth. Would I have been one of them?
It’s a good reminder that whether people are singing our praise or spewing hate, their opinions really are not important and could change anyway. So in the words of Taylor “Shake It Off”.
Praise God for being Unchangeable!
Happy Palm Sunday!