Braiding Palms for Palm Sunday

Braiding Palms for Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday

 

It is customary in many churches for worshippers to receive fresh palm leaves on Palm Sunday. In parts of the world where this has historically been impractical, substitute traditions have arisen.

 

Weaving palms on Palm Sunday

In Italy, palm leaves are used along with small olive branches, readily available in the Mediterranean climate. These are placed at house entrances (for instance, hanging above the door) to last until the following year’s Palm Sunday. For this reason, usually palm leaves are not used whole, due to their size; instead, leaf strips are braided into smaller shapes. Small olive branches are also often used to decorate traditional Easter cakes, along with other symbols of birth, like eggs.

Palm Crosses on Palm Sunday

 

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Palm Sunday, or the “Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem” as it may be called in Orthodox Churches, is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the liturgical year. The day before Palm Sunday, Lazarus Saturday, believers often prepare palm fronds by knotting them into crosses in preparation for the procession on Sunday. The hangings and vestments in the church are changed to a festive color – most commonly green.

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A Palm Cross made at Home

 

In the accounts of the four canonical Gospels, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem takes place a week before his Resurrection. Only the Gospel of John shows a timeline of the event, dated six days before the Passover (John 12:1).

 

Crosses made on Palm Sunday

Before this, Jesus talked to two of his disciples, taking to himself the Ancient Greek word of Lord , written with a capital letter in the original text, as a proper noun.

 

Palm Sunday

 

The raising of Lazarus is mentioned only by the Gospel of John, in the previous chapter. The Eastern Orthodox Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches which follows the Byzantine Rite, commemorate it on Lazarus Saturday, following the text of the Gospel. In fact, the Jewish calendar dates begin at sundown of the night beforehand, and conclude at nightfall.

 

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