Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Quick Facts - US

AKA NamePassion Sunday
Hashtags#PalmSunday
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2021 DateMarch 28, 2021
2022 DateApril 10, 2022
Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday History

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ's last arrival into Jerusalem before his crucifixion. According to the Gospels, as Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, the crowds greeted him by waving and laying palm branches in his path. Today, palms are still used during the Palm Sunday ceremony. The palms are blessed during the ceremony and then collected and burned into ash for the following year's Ash Wednesday celebration.

Palm Sunday has been celebrated since the 8th century. It is observed annually on the Sunday before Easter.

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Palm Sunday Facts & Quotes

  • Crowds of people welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem, throwing their cloaks on his path and waving palm branches (John 12:19, Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11). It was similar to the reception that Caesar, the emperor of Rome, would receive. Caesar was considered God amongst Romans, and this event not only underscored Jesus' divinity and kingship, it was an act of treason in Roman society.
  • The colt that Jesus rode on into Jerusalem (Luke 19:28-44) was said to fulfill prophecy from the Old Testament about the Messiah, the savior of Israel. The Old Testament scripture he fulfilled is Zechariah 9:9: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
  • Palm Sunday is celebrated in virtually every Christian church. It marks Jesus' final entry into Jerusalem before he was persecuted, crucified, and resurrected. The observation occurs toward the end of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and preparation meant to create reflection on Christ's suffering. Palm Sunday is traditionally the beginning of Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday and Good Friday services, as well as Easter Vigil services on Saturday and Easter Sunday.
  • Many parishes provide palms as part of Mass on this day. The palms are typically weaved into crosses and other religious symbols.
  • God is at our side in every affliction, in every fear; no evil, no sin will ever have the final word. God triumphs, but the palm of victory passes through the wood of the cross. For the palm and the cross are inseparable - Pope Francis, Palm Sunday, March 28th, 2021.

Palm Sunday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Go to a Palm Sunday church service and get palm branches.
  • Offer somebody a palm as an act of reconciliation or forgiveness. It is a common tradition among many Italian Catholics.
  • Watch 2021's Palm Sunday Mass if you missed it.

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