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What is Palm Sunday?

Updated on January 12, 2016

In my 27 years of existence on Earth and being a Roman Catholic for the same duration, for the first time, I have attended and experienced the Palm Sunday. Huurrrrraaaayyyyy!!!

If you are going to ask me how it was, then it brought goosebumps on me. Actually it was solemn and very welcoming. It was like in my heart I welcomed somebody and that was Jesus. Perhaps way back in the Jesus' times, they also felt the same way as I did or more since it was the real Lord who was coming and the one they welcomed.

Actually, I never knew the significance of this and why we always do this every lenten season. All I ever knew was it was the signal to start of the Holy Week. But I knew that there was still another in depth meaning of this rite. Also, I guess you are also wondering of its significance.

So for the remaining of this article, I will share to you bits of info regarding the Palm Sunday.

These were the coconut leaves I brought during the Palm Sunday. It was formed into a cross and would be placed on our doors after the mass.
These were the coconut leaves I brought during the Palm Sunday. It was formed into a cross and would be placed on our doors after the mass.

What is Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday is the beginning of the Holy Week. It is celebrated widely by Roman Catholics and other Christians around the world. During this rite, people are gathered together in church bringing with them palm leaves and other leaves which look similar to palm or that can go together with it. Before the mass begins, the priest would have his entrance and the people around will raise their leaves and the priest will bless them with holy water. This blessing of palm leaves will be followed by a mass. The blessed leaves will then be placed on the door of the house which signifies the blood of the lamb marked on the door of the houses way back in the olden times.

The ceremony held in the church is like a commemoration of what is written on the scripture particularly on Matthew Chapter 21 verses 1-11. It is also called the exultant entry of Jesus to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover wherein people were welcoming, rejoicing and proclaiming He is the King.

Moreover, it is also believed to be the realization of the prophecy of Zachariah written in the book of Zachariah chapter 9 verse 9.

During the blessing of the leaves at our church.
During the blessing of the leaves at our church.


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