General News of Sunday, 14 April 2019
play videoSome Christian children marching with their palm fronds on Palm Sunday morning
Christians all over the world celebrate Palm Sunday Today. Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast celebrated in all major Christian churches, Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox.
The day is also known as Passion Sunday in recognition of the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ final agonizing journey to His crucifixion, the Sunday before Easter.
The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels.
In Ghana many churches will be decorated with crafted crosses from palm leaves. Children will serve as an integral part of the service since they enjoy the processions with the crafted crossed palm leaves sing “Hosanna”.
Some ceremonies begin with the blessing of the palms. Afterward, many people take the palms home and place them in houses, barns, and fields.
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.
The traditions of Palm Sunday serve as reminders of the life-changing events of Holy Week.
Today, many Palm Sunday traditions remain much the same as those celebrated in the tenth century.