Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Today is Palm Sunday, officially called “Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.” From ChurchYear.Net:

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion (the full name), the first Sunday of Holy Week within the Lenten Season, commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem preceding his passion. As he entered the people of Jerusalem recognized Jesus as their king, saying “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Today many churches will pass out palm branches and members of the congregation will wave them. In some parts of the world, where palm branches were unavailable they used branches from other trees. This is why in England Palm Sunday is often called “Willow Sunday” or another variant. Many folks will also hear the extensive “preaching of the passion,” a Scriptural tour-de-force, which consists of readings from Jesus’ final days. Overall, Holy Week is one of my favorite times of the Christian year. This includes Palm Sunday.

A blessed Palm Sunday to you and yours. May you enter into the mystery of Christ this Holy Week, as we commemorate his passion and death.