PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion or often called as Palm Sunday. It signifies the beginning of the Holy Week in most Christian faith throughout the world.
Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to honor him as their long-awaited Messiah and King.
Today, Palm Sunday traditions are much the same as they have been since the tenth century. The ceremony begins with the blessing of the palms. The procession follows, then Mass is celebrated, wherein the Passion and the Benediction are sung. The other notable and very ancient feature of the present Palm Sunday service is the reading of the Gospel of the Passion by three readers. Afterwards, many people take the palms home and place them in houses, barns, and fields.
In the simplest of terms, Palm Sunday is an occasion for reflecting on the final week of Jesus’ life. It is a time for Christians to prepare their hearts for the agony of His Passion and the joy of His Resurrection.
In one of the homily of a Palm Sunday’s mass, the priest reminded the parishioners that Holy Week is neither a week of vacation nor a week of rest, and not even a week for class or family reunion. But rather it is a week of commemorating the sacrifice of God, the Mercy of God, and the Love of God.
By: Eliza Llovit
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