Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday celebrates Christ’s bittersweet entry into Jerusalem, days before his death, and is the beginning of Holy Week, which commemorates Christ’s final days with his disciples and his death and resurrection.  Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday is often presented as a time to reflect on the suffering and crucifixion of Christ in a service of worship.

The Church uses red on Palm Sunday to symbolize Christ’s upcoming passion and death, as well as God’s love for humanity. The clergy wears red vestments, and altar decorations are usually red.  Various types of palms are used in the Church’s décor to depict the branches the people laid across the road as Jesus entered into Jerusalem the week prior to his Passion and death.

“The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road.  The crowds preceding him and those following kept crying out and saying ‘Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest’” (Mt 21, 8-9).