Sunday, April 17, 2011

Holy Week Special: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is a Christian feast that always falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned by all four Canonical Gospels (Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19).

In the Philippines...

At Mass on Palm Sunday (Linggo ng Palaspas), Catholics carry palm fronds to be blessed by the priest. Many Filipinos bring them home after the Mass and place them above their front doors or windows, in the belief that doing so can ward off evil spirits and avert lightning. 

In some places a procession is held usually starting from a certain chapel not far from the parish church, in order to accommodate more faithfuls. Other parishes on the other hand blesses the palms in a plaza located in front of the church.

In the liturgy, the reading of the gospel is done in a dramatized manner wherein each part is read by a different liturgical minister. Generally (but not absolutely) the narration part is read by the commentator while the dialogues are read by one of the lectors. The parts that were spoken by the crowd is generally given the choir or the music ministers. Only the lines that were spoken by Christ Himself is reserved to the priest.

How to make a Palaspas:

Palaspas Makers and Vendors

love, now and always, 

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