The Start of the Holy Week – The Palm Sunday – Good Friday 2018 April 14

In the Christian Calendar, Sunday is one of the most important days of the week. It symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ which happens on Easter Sunday and it also is the day that starts the holy week which is on the Palm Sunday.

The Good Friday 2018 is near and so is the palm Sunday. But the Palm Sunday happens first before the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday, and the Easter Sunday.

History

The celebration of the Palm Sunday can be traced back as far as the fourth century wherein it originated in the Church of Jerusalem. The ceremony during this day is composed of prayers, sermons, and hymns. The clergies are the ones who give the sermons. The people also walk around the city. The final site is the place where Jesus ascended into heaven. There are also some recitations that people do. People carry palm, which is the main symbol of the day.

The tradition of celebrating the Palm Sunday then went on to be adapted by Constantinople in Turkey and the Western Churches.

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Meaning

The Palm Sunday is celebrated to commemorate the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. According to the gospels, Jesus entered the city while riding a donkey. Crowds then praise him and spread their cloaks while holding palm branches.

Back in those times, kings and nobles are usually the ones who ride a donkey. Donkeys are also symbols of peace. In addition, the waving of palm branches indicates the triumphant arrival of a king into the area or land.

Traditions

The palm Sunday celebration usually starts with a procession followed by a mass. There are usually sellers of palms outside or around the churches from which people buy those palms to be brought back at their own homes. Some people believe that putting palm at the door of their houses will repel all evil.

Truly, Palm Sunday is near and so is the Good Friday 2018. These are special days of the holy week which should be celebrated to the max. Prepare and plan ahead of time so that you will be able to maximize the celebration.

 

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