Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, the first Sunday of Holy week within the Lenten Season, commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem preceding his passion. It celebrates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover. Many Jews travelled to Jerusalem to celebrate this feast together.
Palm Sunday the Sunday before Easter, the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. Holy Week being the week before Easter, commemorating events in the last days of Jesus’ life on earth. It begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Monday. Christians before recalling the sadness of the events of the rest of the week because Jesus died on a cross less than a week after he had entered Jerusalem.
Palm Sunday celebrates the time when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Great crowds of people lined the streets, waved palm branches, spread palm leaves in his path and cheered him as the coming king. They followed Jesus; procession into Jerusalem. The people were very excited and they spread branches on the road – and even laid down their clothes. They shouted ‘Hosanna!’ which means ‘Save us Now! When Jesus came near the please where the road goes down the mound of Olives, the people of Jerusalem recognised Jesus as their king and began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had been saying “Hosanna to the song of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19: 37, 38.