Palm Sunday procession

 

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.

Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect.

Palm branches are a symbol of peace and victory, hence their use on Palm Sunday.

The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic, it represents the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war.

A week later, Christ would rise from the dead on the first Easter.

During Palm Sunday Mass, palms and small palm crosses are distributed to parishioners who carry them in a ritual procession into church. The palms are blessed and are taken home and kept for the year and then returned to make the Ashes for Ash Wednesday the following year.

The colours of the Mass on Palm Sunday is red, symbolizing the redemption in blood that Christ paid for the world.

 

This year Palm Sunday will be on the 14th of April