We at the Daily Contributor are wishing all our Christian readers a good Palm Sunday.
On this day, special services and processions are held to commemorate the victorious entry of Jesus Christ into the holy city two millennia ago.
In Vatican, Pope Benedict called on Catholics to consider a life of sacrifice and renunciation before a festive crowd waving palm fronds and olive branches.
“A successful life without sacrifice does not exist,” said Pope Benedict, seated on a dais in front of St. Peter’s basilica.
“If I throw retrospective look back on my personal life, I have to say that the moments when I said ‘yes’ to renunciation were the biggest and most important moments of my life.”
In Jerusalem, Catholic pilgrims, clergymen and local Christians attended mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally held to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
Here in the Philippines, there are some places where a re-enactment of Jesus’ triumphal entry occurs. Palm branches, called palaspas, are taken home after the Mass and are hung beside, on or above doorways and windows. According to tradition, this ritual will drive away evil spirits.
Orthodox Christians, who use a different calendar, will celebrate Palm Sunday on April 12.