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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tomorrow Is Palm Sunday

What is Palm Sunday and its significance on the Catholic Church? 

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter where the Catholics commemorate the coming of Jesus to Jerusalem. This is the start of the Holy Week and will end on Easter Sunday. 

The celebration is based entirely on the Gospel of John in which it was stated: "They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" (John 12:12-13)

It was said that the people in Jerusalem welcomed Jesus waving palms and covering his path with palms and thus the term, Palm Sunday. In the traditional Catholic Mass during Palm Sunday, church goers bring their own palm branches and it will be blessed by the priest. It is also connected to the following year's liturgical calendar as the palm leaves are often returned to the church to be burned in the next year's Ash Wednesday rituals.

This year, Palm Sunday falls on April 17, 2011 and for the following years:

Palm Sunday 2012 will fall on April 1.
Palm Sunday 2013 will be March 24.
Palm Sunday 2014 will be April 13.

You still have a week's time to order your daughter's Easter dresses!

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