Both here and around the world, Protestants and Catholics alike will observe Holy Week, beginning April 9th which is Palm Sunday. According to scripture, this is the day recognized as the Triumphant Entry; as Christ rode into the city of Jerusalem on the back of a borrowed donkey. Onlookers who welcomed him and lauded him as the Messiah both waved palm branches and laid them in his path to honor him.
Palm Sunday marks the concluding days of Christ’s ministry prior to His crucifixion; and for modern celebrants it marks the ending of Lent and the beginning of the Easter celebration. Services are held in many churches each day during the week following Palm Sunday, known also as Holy Week. Most significant during the week is Good Friday, recognized as the day of Christ’s Crucifixion, and the following Sunday, which is Easter, the day of His resurrection.
A myriad of traditions surround this primary religious holiday; which is held each year the first Sunday following the first full moon after Spring equinox. Spring is reflective of new beginnings, a time of refreshing and renewal. Whether a believer in Christ or not, this is an appropriate time to reassess and evaluate life from a personal perspective. Metaphorically speaking, a Spring cleaning of the heart, soul, mind, body, and spirit may be in order.
Many churches throughout the world, including the Golden Isles, will hold special services of pageantry and music both on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday as well. The public is generally welcomed and encouraged to attend any scheduled service; schedules and times can be found on individual church websites or by calling the respective church office for more information.
For scriptural reference to the story of the Triumphant Entry, it can be found in the New Testament book of Matthew, Chapter 21, verses 1 – 17. Read, and then reflect upon this quote by Charles Dederich, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Palm Sunday can be a day of triumph individually if the heart is open to a new beginning, and entering a place of renewal, restoration, refreshing, and hope this blessed Easter season.