From churches to jails, Filipinos mark Palm Sunday 2019

From churches to jails, Filipinos mark Palm Sunday 2019

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

Palm Sunday always falls on the Sunday before Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The day celebrates Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem riding on a donkey days before he was crucified, he added. Festive cries, followed by brutal torture.

The pope said that it was important to resist the temptations of triumphalism and remain humble. "This twofold mystery accompanies our entrance into Holy Week each year", the Pope said.

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Palm Sunday represents the start of the church's most solemn week, representing a key day before the Easter celebration.

Speaking with Vanguard at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins said: "Whatever the challenges or the conditions we are passing through, we must persevere just like our Lord Jesus Christ did and not forget that there is always glory at the end of every life challenge". The Vatican has announced that the next World Youth Day will be held in Portugal in 2021. 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. On Holy Thursday he will visit the prison of Velletri, south of Rome, where he will wash the feet of 12 prisoners.

BLESS US. Inmates at the Manila City Jail wave their palm fronds, and raise their hands, as they pray for blessings on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019.

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