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Old Mar 19, '05, 5:13 pm
Hermione Hermione is offline
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Default What to do with palm leaves?

Hello everyone,

I took home some palm leaves from Church today. What should I do with them? Particularly, what should I do with the pieces that fall off from them. Can I just throw them away, or is there a special procedure for disposing of them?

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Old Mar 19, '05, 7:31 pm
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

Some people hang them behind crucifixes and holy pictures.

The proper way to dispose of them is, I believe, burning. That's where the ashes for Ash Wednesday come from.
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Old Mar 19, '05, 7:53 pm
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

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Hello everyone,

I took home some palm leaves from Church today. What should I do with them? Particularly, what should I do with the pieces that fall off from them. Can I just throw them away, or is there a special procedure for disposing of them?

Thanks!
I have wondered the same thing in the past.

Maybe that is why I do not take them home.

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Old Mar 19, '05, 8:07 pm
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

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Some people hang them behind crucifixes and holy pictures.

The proper way to dispose of them is, I believe, burning. That's where the ashes for Ash Wednesday come from.
In our parish, we're supposed to bring last year's palms to the church the Sunday before this year's Ash Wednesday for just that very purpose.
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Old Mar 19, '05, 8:34 pm
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

I generally make crosses out of the palms. My dad taught me how to fold the palms a few years ago. And I either put them in my room, give them to someone, or something along those lines.
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Old Mar 20, '05, 2:01 am
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

Hi there

We generally get our palms distributed to us already woven into the shape of a cross, which is great as bits tend not to fall off.

Only once have I had 'proper' palm leaves, and I just kept them out of the way behind my crucifix.

I keep mine for a year and then get rid of it. I don't think there's any harm in throwing it out (although it does feel a little strange)

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Old Mar 20, '05, 4:20 am
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

Since palms are blessed, they shouldn't be discarded irreverently. Burning them is a suitable way of disposing of them.

Why not store them safely (that is, if you don't like displaying withered palms; some people do) and give them to your parish before the next Ash Wednesday. They will burn it for the Wednesday ashes.
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Old Mar 20, '05, 4:29 am
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

My parish members always create Cross and some craft work with the leaves and place them in the house.
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Old Mar 20, '05, 4:30 am
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

They are blessed and therefore are sacramentals of the Church.

They are usually placed around the house as a sign of blessing behind pictures or statues etc. When their end comes (discoloured or falling apart) they should be burned or buried.

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Old Mar 20, '05, 7:52 am
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

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Some people hang them behind crucifixes and holy pictures.
This is what we do in our house.
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Old Mar 20, '05, 10:58 am
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

Keep then until next year.

We make a cross of them and hang them on the wall or over a door.
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Old Mar 20, '05, 11:29 am
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

Saw my priest today wearing his palms as a woven ring. Never saw this before. It may be a custom in his native country which is somewhere in Africa. I don't know which country.

Micki
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Old Mar 21, '05, 2:21 am
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

What an interesting topic.

As a child in the U.K. light years ago, we always got our Palms made up in the shape of a cross.

Now, living in Australia, where every other house has a palm tree, the palm leaves on Palm Sunday are green and usually in the shape of a "V" as they are cut from the palm tree branch.

I put mine on the wall behind my "First Holy Communion" certificate, where they stay for one year and then I burn last year's palm leaves.

In case any one is interested, the "First Holy Communion" certificate is dated March 17 1941. We had a good Irish Parish Priest

T.C.
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Old Mar 21, '05, 4:28 am
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

Our priest suggested making four crosses out of the palms and burying one in each corner of our yard, as protection for our homes and families.

Has anyone else heard of this practice?
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Old Mar 22, '05, 5:17 am
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Default Re: What to do with palm leaves?

As many have said, because they've been blessed they are no longer just palm leaves, but sacramentals. Thus they need to be disposed of like any other sacramental. We have a new parish priest and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday I brought him the ones I had from last year. He seemed quite surprised that someone would actually bring theirs back to him. He also seemed quite surprised that they were braided:
http://www.italiansrus.com/articles/palmweaving.htm

This year I made crosses this way:
http://www.kingofpeace.org/palmcrosses/

My mother did the simplest which was to take a 3-4" inch palm, make two slits side by side then take a 2-3" palm and thread it through the slits.

I try to make enough so each room of my house has a palm in it.
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