Today, our Lord entered into Jerusalem where people placed branches at his feet. The final week before his arrest on Holy Thursday, his crucifixion on Good Friday and then the day we celebrate his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
History of Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday dates back to the fourth century in Jerusalem and was marked by a procession of the faithful carrying palm branches which was representing the Jews celebrating Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem (Mathew 21: 1-9). At that time the procession began at Mount of the Ascension and on to Church of the Holy Cross.
By the ninth century the procession would begin in each church with the blessing of the palms, proceed outside of the church, and then return for the reading of the Passion according to the Gospel of Mathew. Holding the palms during the reading the faithful are reminded that many of the same people who greeted Christ with shouts of joy on Palm Sunday would call for His death on Good Friday.
This entire week is entitled Holy Week. This week we can immerse ourselves in the journey of our Lord. Walk this journey with Him. My plan is to really make this week meaningful. What can you do to make it meaningful?
Go to confession-many churches are offering communal penance services, but if not call your priest and make an appointment.
Daily Mass-find out the times of daily Mass and attend as often as you can.
Prayer-reach out to people in prayer who are struggling with the realities of life.
Renew- our faith and our relationship with Jesus.
I hope you will join me in a week of deep prayer and renewing my faith and my relationship with our Lord. God Bless and have a wonderful week.