THE WORD: Palm Sunday

Nun hold palm fronds in St. Peter's square during the Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican, Sunday, March 20, 2005. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

According to Gospels, Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem a week before his resurrection. Palm Sunday commemorates Christ’s arrival where a great multitude laid branches from the trees on the ground as Jesus rode in on a donkey. Also known as Passion Sunday, Palm Sunday is the sixth Sunday of Lent and the last Sunday before Easter, marking the beginning of Holy Week.

Matthew 21: 6-9

6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, 7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.