Palm Sunday

Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian communities celebrate Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week, the most sacred time of year for Christians. (The Orthodox Christian community follows the Julian calendar and celebrates later than Catholic and Protestant communities.) Palm Sunday recalls the story in Christian Scripture of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, greeted by people waving palm branches. It is a reminder for Christians to welcome Jesus into their hearts and to be willing to follow him. The service on Palm Sunday also includes a reading of the Passion, the story of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus.