Palm Sunday

The Sunday before Easter, commencing Holy Week and the sixth and last Sunday of Lent. Palms are blessed and carried in a procession that represents Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem during the last week of his life. The procession dates to the fourth century in Jerusalem. In the Middle Ages, the procession went from church to church.

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Palm Sunday American English
Passion Sunday
Lazarus Sunday
Hosanna
Ozanna
Palmzondag Dutch
Pâques fleuries French
Blumensonntag German
Blumentag German
Dominica Hosanna Latin
Willow Sunday
Pascha floridum Latin
kyriake Liturgical Greek
heorte ton baion Liturgical Greek
Flower Sunday
heorte baiophoros Liturgical Greek
Dominica in Palmis Liturgical Latin
Dies Palmarum Liturgical Latin
Pascua florida Spanish
Domingo de Ramos Spanish
Dominica florida Spanish
dies floridus Spanish
Blossom Sunday British English
Branch Sunday British English
Dominica capitilavium Liturgical Latin
Dominica competentium Liturgical Latin
Dominica indulgentioe Liturgical Latin
Flower-Sunday British English
Olive Sunday British English
Sallow Sunday British English
Sunday of the Willow Boughs British English
Willow Sunday British English
Yew Sunday British English

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The Sunday before Easter, commencing Holy Week and the sixth and last Sunday of Lent. Palms are blessed and carried in a procession that represents Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem during the last week of his life. The procession dates to the fourth century in Jerusalem. In the Middle Ages, the procession went from church to church. Palm branches, used by people throughout the world as emblems of joy and victory, are also emblems of Christian victory and are often associated with Christian martyrs. Where palms cannot be found, branches of olive, box elder, spruce or other trees are used instead. Sometimes the palms are twisted into different shapes including the shape of the cross. The service on Palm Sunday may include the chanting of the passion story from one of the gospels and for this reason the day is also known as Passion Sunday.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300069638. The J. Paul Getty Trust.