Palm Sunday

This year (2023), Palm Sunday falls on the 2nd of April.

Jesus at the Gates of Jerusalem

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, when the Church remembers how Jesus arrived at the gates of Jerusalem just a few days before the Passover was due to be held.  He was the Messiah come to His own people in their capital city, and yet He came in humility, riding on a young donkey, not in triumph, riding on a war-horse.

As Jesus entered the city, the crowds gave Him a rapturous welcome, throwing palm fronds into His path.  They knew His reputation as a healer and welcomed Him.  Sadly, the welcome was short-lived and shallow, for Jerusalem would soon reject her Messiah, and put Him to death.  

On this day churches worldwide will distribute little crosses made from palm fronds in memory of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem.

The featured image for this post is from: Dijon – Musée des Beaux-Arts – L’Entrée du Christ à Jérusalem (Pierre-Paul Rubens) (PD)

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