Palm Sunday is one of the most important events in the life of a church. It is regarded as the beginning of the holiest week in Christianity which leads up to Easter or better still it is the Sunday before Jesus’ crucifixion.
Millions of Christians around the world joined in the celebration with singing and dancing to supposedly pay their last respects to Jesus before his death. In this piece YEN.com.gh brings to us some unforgettable facts about Palm Sunday.
- Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on a donkey to celebrate the Passover. This was just a few days before he was betrayed by his friend Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 apostles, put on trial and sentenced to death by crucifixion.
- Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, and marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week of events leading up to Jesus' death.
- The day is called ‘Palm Sunday’ because the people of Jerusalem threw palm leaves on the floor as a greeting when Jesus arrived.
- In recent times, the day is celebrated with a ritual procession of people carrying palm branches, or if these are not available, branches from yew, willow and olive trees into church. This is done with hymns of Hossana, meaning adoration, praise, or joy. Often Palm Sunday is characterized with this statement, "‘Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
- Palm Sunday is sometimes called Branch Sunday because the day is observed with palm branches that are sometimes fashioned into crosses.
- For the Catholics and Anglicans, Palm Sunday is always the Sunday before Easter and is also the final day of lent. Catholics in observing this day bless the palms before it usage and after its usage, the palms are burned and the ashes are used to mark parishioner’s foreheads on the next Ash Wednesday (start of lent).
- In some countries, palms are placed on the graves of the departed.
- In the simplest of terms, Palm Sunday is an occasion for reflecting on the final week of Jesus' life. It is a time for Christians to prepare their hearts for the agony of His Passion and the joy of His Resurrection.