Fr. Ehusani gave the charge in his Palm Sunday sermon in Abuja.‘’As you celebrate Christ today by carrying palms and escorting him triumphantly into Jerusalem, continue to exalt him by living holy and exemplary lives,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week which is the last week of Lent.On Palm Sunday, Christians celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before His death and resurrection as foretold by Prophet Zechariah.For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday, often referred to as “Passion Sunday,” marks the beginning of Holy Week which concludes on Easter Sunday.In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday includes a procession of the assembled worshippers carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem.According to the Bible, people cut branches from palm trees, laid them across Jesus’ path and waved them in the air.They greeted Jesus not as the spiritual Messiah who would take away the sins of the world, but as a potential political leader who would overthrow the Romans.Their shout “Hosanna” meant “save now.”In ancient times, palm branches symbolised goodness and victory. They were often depicted on coins and important buildings. (NAN)
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