By Sam Eyoboka

CHRISTIANS and indeed Catholics the world over will tomorrow mark the feast of the Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday is the commemoration of the triumphant Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem following His glorious miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead.

Parishioners raising their palm fronds for blessing by the Catholic Bishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan for the procession to mark Palm Sunday, the beginning of the Holy Week to build up to Easter at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Church, Garki, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 09/04/2017

According to a release by the Director, Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Msgr. Gabriel Osu, “Palm Sunday is one of the Major Feasts of our Lord, and it is the day on which the Lord Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as a King, riding o­n a donkey and a colt, the foal of a donkey. Accordingly, the crowds with palm and olive branches, who joyfully chanted “Hosanna, Son of David”, greeted Him. On this day also, we receive and worship Christ in this same manner, acknowledging Him as our King and Lord.”

He explained further that Palm Sunday also marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent, and the week in which Christians celebrate the mystery of their salvation through Christ’s Death and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Holy Week starts from Sunday and will run till Good Friday, March 30, 2018.

A major hall mark of the feast is the celebration of the Holy Mass followed by a procession of the faithful carrying palm branches, representing the Jews who celebrated Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem.

Here in the Archdiocese of Lagos, the Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace Alfred Adewale Martins is expected to lead thousands of the faithful in Palm Sunday procession through the streets of Lagos Island and environs.


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