Christians around the world observe Palm Sunday
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 14 Apr 2014

Today, Christians around the world are observing “Palm Sunday” to commemorate Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem in glory when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday.

On this day, in the Roman Catholic Churches and many other Churches, palm fronds and other branches are blessed with an aspergillum outside the church building followed by a solemn procession. However, in some Churches, a mass followed by the service of the blessing of palms is held. The vestments for the day are deep scarlet red that stands for the supreme redemptive sacrifice of Christ after entering Jerusalem.

Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. In India, flowers are strewn about into the sanctuary on Palm Sunday during the reading of the Gospel at the words uttered by the crowd welcoming Jesus, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who is come and is to come in the name of the Lord God." These words are read to the congregation thrice. The congregation then repeats, "Hosanna!" and the flowers are scattered.

In Syro-Malabar Catholic Churches, On Palm Sunday, palm leaves are blessed during a ceremony and a procession is taken out with the followers holding the palms. It is believed that a palm branch is a tactile item to help the followers stay connected with Christ.

Signifying the message of Palm Sunday, Henry Hart Milman wrote the verse, “Ride on, ride on in majesty! / in lowly pomp ride on to die; / O Christ, thy triumphs now begin / o’er captive death and conquered sin."