Crowds flock to hear Pope launch Holy Week

Pope Francis blesses palm branches as he ushers in Holy Week

Pope Francis blesses palm branches as he ushers in Holy Week

Palm Sunday begins the most holy week on the Christian liturgical calendar, leading to Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. According to the Salvation Army, there are many traditions that take place on Palm Sunday but one of the most common is for individuals to give out or receive small crosses made from palm leaves, as a reminder of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem and his death on the cross.

Palm Sunday reenacts the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem before his passion and death on Good Friday.

"This day is important, as you can see Christians waving palm branches the same way the crowds greeted Jesus when he entered Jerusalem by waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches", he said. But not long after, according to the New Testament, the public's mood changed, and Jesus was arrested, mocked, scourged and executed. Festive cries, followed by brutal torture. He recommended humility as a way to counter such temptations. The scandals have engulfed even bishops and cardinals and shaken the trust of the countless rank-and-file faithful in the church.

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Worshippers carried palm fronds and olive branches and marched from the top of the Mount of Olives to the Old City of Jerusalem.

After the blessing, the Pope, wearing red robes and cradling a braided palm, joined a procession to an open-air altar to celebrate Mass.

At the end of the two-hour service, Francis asked the crowd to pray for peace, particularly in the Holy Land and all of the Middle East. Several solemn ceremonies culminate in joyous celebrations on Easter Sunday as Christians celebrate their belief that Jesus rose from the dead.

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