Our Global Community: What Is Palm Sunday?

On this coming Sunday, Christian worshipers will celebrate the victorious arrival of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, an event that took place only a week before his death and resurrection.

Palm Sunday itself is a moveable feast, which means the date changes every year. This year, Palm Sunday falls on the 28th March. Palm Sunday always falls one week before Easter Sunday.

Jesus travelled to Jerusalem knowing that his journey would end in his sacrificial death upon the cross for the sins of all mankind.

Before entering the city, he sent two of his disciples ahead to a village to look for an unbroken young donkey.

“If anyone asks you, ‘why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it’” [Jesus]. (Luke 19:29-31, NIV)

The disciples brought the young donkey to Jesus and placed their clocks on its back. Jesus sat on the donkey and slowly made his humble entrance into Jerusalem.

Jesus was greeted enthusiastically, with people waving palm branches and covering his path with them.

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:9, NIV)

The shouts of “Hosanna” meant “save now”, while the palm branches symbolized victory and goodness.

On that inaugural Palm Sunday, the celebration quickly spread across the city with people even throwing down their clocks on the path where Jesus rode as acts of homage and submission.

The crowds believed that Jesus would overthrow Rome as they recognized him as the promised Messiah from Zechariah.

Jesus riding into Jerusalem.

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (NIV)

Following this celebration, Jesus Christ began his journey to the cross.

For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday, also referred to as Passion Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday.

As the sixth Sunday of lent and the final Sunday before Easter, worshipers commemorate Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry in Jerusalem.

On this day, Christians remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, praise God for the gift of salvation and look to the Lord’s second coming.

Various traditions are observed by Christians over this time: the distribution of palm branches to the congregation, the singing of traditional hymns and the making of small crosses with palm fronds.

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Don’t forget to join our Palm Sunday service, where we will hear a message from Dr. David Hanna.

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