Palm Sunday

by Amy Zhu, Brennan McCormick, and Emily Kao

Date

Palm Sunday will happen on Sunday March 29, 2015.

What is Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, is a Christian holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem. As the story goes, Christ rode into the city on a path of palm branches on the way to fulfill God's wishes and save the human race by sacrificing himself. Christ's willingness to ride into Jerusalem in full knowledge of his fate to die on the cross proved to the faithful his humility and obedience.
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This painting depicts Christ riding a donkey into Jerusalem where his followers waved palm branches to celebrate his successful arrival.

The Main Rituals

The rituals begin with the blessing of palm branches, which is usually done in a small chapel or shrine outside of town. Next, the blessed palms are moved in a procession toward the cathedral or main church. This is often called the procession of palms and represents Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. Next, the Passion, a gospel depicting the days leading up to the day of Christ’s crucifixion is read in role playing format to reenact Christ’s sacrifice. This is why the liturgical color of Palm Sunday is red. It symbolizes Christ shedding his blood at the cross during his crucifixion. On Palm Sunday, the faithful often wear red to pay tribute to Christ's sacrifice.
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Pope Francis and other priests participating in the Procession of Palms by holding palm branches as they proceed to the chapel for the reading of The Passion.

Did You Know?

In cold climates such as the northern European countries where palm trees cannot be found, branches of sallow, willow, and yew are used in replacement of palms during rituals.

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