Archive for April 13, 2014

Today, as the title of my blog post suggests, is Palm Sunday, but do you know why it is called Pam Sunday and what is celebrated on this day each year?

Palm Sunday is the day on which Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, one week before his death and subsequent resurrection. The bible tells us that when Christ entered Jerusalem huge crowds welcomed him, waving palm branches and covering his path with the palm branches.

Mark 11:7-11 (The Living Bible)

So the colt was brought to Jesus, and the disciples threw their cloaks across its back for him to ride on. Then many in the crowd spread out their coats along the road before him, while others threw down leafy branches from the fields.

He was in the centre of the procession with crowds ahead and behind, and all of them shouting, “Hail to the King! Praise God for him who comes in the name of the Lord!” . . .  “Praise God for the return of our father David’s kingdom. . . . ” “Hail to the King of the universe!”

And so he entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple.

Palm Sunday marks the start of a time a reflection and celebration known as Holy Week, which follows Christ’s journey from to the cross. Holy week runs from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday is sometimes also called Passion Sunday.