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Palm Sunday of the Lords Passion
Palm Sunday of the Lords Passion

Palm Sunday of the Lords Passion

Feast Day
Mar 29, 2015
<p>&ldquo;And as he went, they spread their clothes underneath in the way.&nbsp; And when he was now coming near the descent of Mount Olivet, the whole multitude of his disciples began with joy to praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works they had seen, Saying: Blessed be the king who cometh in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory on high&rdquo;!&nbsp; Luke 19: 36-38</p> <p>&ldquo;Palm Sunday of the Lord&rsquo;s Passion&rdquo; is the full name for Palm Sunday, given to us by the Church.&nbsp; Many today call it Palm Sunday, but it is fitting to call it by the full name given us by the Church.&nbsp; It is the first Sunday of Holy Week, and it commemorates Jesus&rsquo; triumphant entry into Jerusalem preceding His Passion.&nbsp; What an event to behold, as Jesus entered, the people of Jerusalem recognized Jesus as their King, saying, &ldquo;Hosanna to the Son of David.&nbsp; Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord&rdquo;. &nbsp;</p> <p>Traditionally in the Catholic Church, there is the &ldquo;blessing of the palms&rdquo; where the palms are used in the procession.&nbsp; The story of Jesus&rsquo; triumphant entry into Jerusalem read as well.&nbsp; The hymns traditionally are focused on the theme of Christ&rsquo;s office as King, and the Homily is based on the preaching of the passion.&nbsp; The Priest and a combination of readers generally read the Passion of Christ. &nbsp;</p> <p>Over the centuries, many customs have developed to celebrate Palm Sunday.&nbsp; In the Slavic countries, the faithful walked through their buildings and fields with the blessed palms, praying and singing ancient hymns.&nbsp; They then lay blessed palm pieces on each plot of ground, in every barn, building, and stable, as a petition is made for protection from weather and disease, and for a blessing upon the produce and property.&nbsp; Many continue this custom today.&nbsp; Here in the Unite States, many Catholics hang their blessed palms on a crucifix they have hanging, or lay it near a religious statue, often times braiding them, again, to protect their homes.&nbsp; The blessing of the palms is to symbolize the victory of Christ.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>