The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna![” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;    See, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” John 12:12-15 (NIV)

Christian churches celebrate Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. It is called Palm Sunday because of the tradition of waving palms on this day to simulate the festival attitude of the people as they celebrated Jesus as King. Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. This year we observe it on April 10. At Bethany, we will gather in the narthex (the area just outside the sanctuary doors) and process into the sanctuary together waving palm fronds and lay them down in front of the communion table before finding our seats. If you would prefer to find your seat early and not process in, you are welcome to do so and can participate by waving your palms from your pew.

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