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Pope Francis has celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public, since the traditional ceremony in St. Peter’s Square was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Young Catholics told the Vatican on Saturday they want a more transparent and authentic church, where women play a greater leadership role and where obeying “unreachable” moral standards isn’t the price of admission.
Horrible news to wake up to as my family and I prepared for Palm Sunday service. CH Suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches in northern Egypt, killing 44 people and turning Palm Sunday services into scenes of horror and outrage at the government that led the president to call for a three-month state of emergency.
Bombs exploded at two Coptic churches in different cities in northern Egypt as worshippers were celebrating Palm Sunday, killing at least 43 people and wounding about 100 in an assault claimed by the Islamic State group.
The days between Palm Sunday and next Sunday’s Easter are cues from our very calendars to slow down and marvel at God’s great love for people like us.
Tomorrow is the day Christians celebrate as Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus rode down the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem to cheers and mixed expectations. Some cheered him as a conquering hero. Others no doubt thought him a fool. (Today’s crowd would be no different.) A man whose power would conquer Rome would no doubt ride a soldier’s horse. Jesus, however, rode a burro. The symbolic peace and humility was possibly lost even on his supporters. His critics likely saw him as a powerless man to be dismissed.
JERUSALEM – Hundreds of Christian pilgrims marked Palm Sunday in the Holy Land on Sunday, holding masses and processions retracing Jesus’ triumphant return to Jerusalem. Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem, where he was greeted by cheering crowds bearing palm fronds, according to the Bible.
Holy Week will soon be upon us, with Palm Sunday events kicking things off next week. • The Spokane Dream Center will present “Behold Jesus!,” its 15th annual Easter drama, at the INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday.
Holy Week, the week before Easter, begins with Palm Sunday this weekend. A full schedule of special worship services and other events is planned before the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. • The choir of Spokane Valley United Methodist Church will perform the cantata “Come Walk with Me” during a combined worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday. A “Hallelujah Party” is planned for children following the service, beginning at 11:30 a.m. There will be crafts and games in the Fellowship Hall.