Sunday, April 01, 2007

Palm Sunday

Pilgrims commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at the
Lion's Gate (or east entrance to Jerusalem).

Palm Sunday is a moveable feast in the Christian calendar which falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates an event reported by all four Canonical Gospels (:Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19) - the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before his Passion. The difficulty of procuring palms for that day's ceremonies in unfavorable climates for palms led to the substitution of boughs of yew, willow or other native trees. (Wiki)

Photo: Assyrian children wave the Hoshana palm tree branches in celebration of the Palm Sunday in Baghdad, Iraq.

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