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Holy Week Begins With Palm Sunday

This Coming Sunday Commemorates Jesus’ Return To Jerusalem

On Palm Sunday, the triumphal return of Jesus to Jerusalem is celebrated. It is observed on the last Sunday before Easter, and marks the beginning of Holy Week, during which the Church commemorates the events leading up to the death of Jesus. Palm Sunday is this coming Sunday, March 29th.

The palms of Palm Sunday are intended to reflect the fronds that were laid at Jesus’ feet as He re-entered Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Jesus rode into the city on a donkey, a symbol of peace, and people laid down the palm fronds to signify they saw him as a king returning in victory.

The traditions surrounding Palm Sunday have changed since it first began being celebrated in the 4th century. Today, the palms are blessed. In some traditions, the palms are burned after Palm Sunday and the ashes are used in the ceremony of Ash Wednesday the next year. Whatever your religion, this Sunday marks an important date on the calendar as it leads up to Easter.

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