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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and is one week before Easter Sunday.  On Palm Sunday we celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.  The four gospels in the Bible describe how Christ and his disciples returned to Jerusalem for the Jewish feast of Passover. Christ entered the city of Jerusalem riding a donkey, therefore fulfilling a prophecy about the Messiah’s arrival. Crowds of people lined the path he rode, laying down their cloaks in the street in front of him. They also waved and covered his path with palm branches -a gesture reserved for only the most honored. It is a common custom in many lands in the ancient Near East to cover, in some way, the path of someone thought worthy of the highest honor.  In 2Kings 9:13, Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat, was treated this way also. The palm branch was a symbol of triumph and of victory, in Jewish tradition, and is treated in other parts of the Bible as such (e.g. Leviticus 23:40 and Revelation 7:9). Jesus was given this distinction as well.  They sang praises to Christ, including in those praises “Hosanna,” which means “save us now.” Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, he begins his journey to the cross.

The biblical account of Palm Sunday can be found in Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; and John 12:12-19.

Today in Jerusalem, massive crowds attend Palm Sunday celebrations. Starting from the Mount of Olives, participants walk down to the city waiving palm branches, while others re-create the crowd that greeted Christ as he entered Jerusalem.  At Zion Lutheran we customarily have the Sunday School children participate in a procession, during which bearers carry palm branches.  Recently we have also gone back to the Lutheran tradition of Palm Sunday Confirmation .

 

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