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Tomorrow, April 2 2023, is Palm Sunday. It is the beginning of Holy Week on the Catholic Calendar.
Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter Sunday and is one of the most important periods in the Catholic liturgical calendar. It begins with Palm Sunday, which marks Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and ends with Easter Sunday, which celebrates his resurrection.
Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem before his crucifixion. It is called Palm Sunday because the crowds who greeted Jesus as he entered Jerusalem laid palm branches at his feet.
In Catholicism, this day is significant as it marks the beginning of Holy Week, and it is customary for the faithful to receive palm branches, which are blessed by the priest, during the Mass.
The significance of Palm Sunday in Catholicism lies in the fact that it is a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice and his willingness to give his life for the salvation of humanity. It is also a call for Christians to follow his example of humility, service, and sacrifice. The liturgy of Palm Sunday includes the reading of the Passion narrative, which tells the story of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial, and crucifixion.
During Holy Week, Catholics commemorate the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection through various liturgical celebrations, including the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Good Friday liturgy, the Easter Vigil, and the Easter Sunday Mass.
These celebrations are central to the Catholic faith and serve as a reminder of the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice and the hope that his resurrection brings to all believers.