Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter. On this day Christians everywhere remember the glorious entry into Jerusalem of Jesus riding on a donkey, while a great multitude of people welcomed Him and waved Him on. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John tell us how the crowds took leafy branches from the trees that lined the road (traditionally identified as palm and olive trees) and waved them in the air shouting “Hosanna”, and threw their clothes and palms on the path in front of Him with great jubilance. They did this just days before His crucifixion.
Sometimes they strew his way,
and his strong praises sing,
resounding all the day
hosannas to their King.
Then "Crucify!" is all their breath,
and for his death they thirst and cry.
Each year, right before the Palm Sunday Mass, palm crosses are blessed and distributed and we carry them in procession into the church. Our procession with palms is a sign of our joy and gratitude to Jesus Christ, Our King. At this service we enter also in the mystery of the Lord’s Passion (sufferings) as we read together the account of His crucifixion from Luke’s gospel.