Churches celebrate Palm Sunday

15 April, 2019, 15:02 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Palm Sunday marks the start of the Catholic church's Holy Week celebrations

Palm Sunday begins the most holy week on the Christian liturgical calendar, leading to Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. On the day the Church also celebrated the day of the youth, the pope urged young people not to be ashamed to show their enthusiasm for Jesus.

In keeping with tradition to commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem before His crucifixion, Malaysian devotees trooped to different churches and waved their palm fronds (palm leaves/branches) on Palm Sunday. The day celebrates Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem riding on a donkey days before he was crucified, he added.

"Festive acclamations and brutal torture: the silence of Jesus throughout his Passion is profoundly impressive", Francis said in his homily. "This twofold mystery accompanies our entrance into Holy Week each year", the Pope said. The Sandakan-born Archbishop also reminded devotees to keep their individual palm branches/leaves at home to serve as reminder of the passion and death of Jesus.

Palm Sunday represents the start of the church's most solemn week, representing a key day before the Easter celebration.


Pope Francis during Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Apr. 14, 2019.

Earlier this month the 82-year-old pope attempted to bring peace to Africa, kneeling and allegedly kissing the feet of the leaders of conflict-torn South Sudan - President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar. On Good Friday he will lead the Way of the Cross procession at Rome's ancient Colosseum.

BLESS US. Inmates at the Manila City Jail wave their palm fronds, and raise their hands, as they pray for blessings on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019.

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