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Day celebrates Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem
Contrary to the difference in church attendance on Easter and other Sundays, Palm Sunday, which commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, also carries significance in the Christian community.
On that day, branches were placed in Jesus’ path — which were a symbol of victory and goodness — before Jesus’ arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday.
Palm Sunday also marked the beginning of Holy Week, which is the final week of Lent.
It is recognized in many different ways among Christians.
“This is so important to me because before dying, Jesus proved his divine authority and destined assignment, to do the work of God without fear,” Rev. A. D. Lenoir, Sr., pastor of Westview Baptist Church, said. “Every Christian has been tasked with this significant assignment, to set our face and not lose focus on winning souls for the kingdom.”
Westview has a special service on Palm Sunday called ‘Victory Day’ emphasizing their need to be victorious in spite of the knowledge of eminent danger, doom, despair and depression. They strive to face it knowing God’s going to give them the victory in the end, according to Lenoir.
On that day, parishioners and visitors of Westview wear palms in the shape of a cross. Palms are also placed at the alter and at the rostrum to serve as a reminder.
“It is a day to reflect on the final week of Jesus’ life and to prepare us as Christians to focus on the greatest show of sacrificial love towards us as sinners,” Rev. Joseph Toles, Jr., senior pastor of Greater Berea Missionary Baptist Church, said. “It is significant to me because as a preacher of God’s Word, it allows me to share with the sinner, as well as the saved, about the goodness and grace of our Father God, through His son Jesus Christ.”
Greater Berea does not have any special services for Palm Sunday but it is recognized through their worship, the sermon which is based on the Scriptures about Palm Sunday and the teaching of applying it in 2013, according to Toles.
“The palm branch is a symbol of victory, triumph, peace and eternal life and all those attributes can be found in the Messiah our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, so we put our focus on Him,” Toles said.
By Malika A. Wright