Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.
Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect.
Palm branches are widely recognized symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday.
The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic, it represents the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war.
A week later, Christ would rise from the dead on the first Easter.
Mass of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday will be at 7-00pm followed by an evening watch until 10-30pm and ending with Night Prayer.
On Good Friday Office or Reading and Morning Prayer are at 9-30am and celebration of the Passion is at 3-00pm
followed by Night Prayer at 8-00pm.
On Holy Saturday Office of reading and Morning Prayer is at 9-30am. The evening mass for the Easter Vigil is at 8-00pm.
Masses on Easter Sunday are 9-00am and at St Gerard’s 11-00am .
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