Worshippers throng to Jerusalem for Palm Sunday

Henrietta Brewer
April 10, 2017

The day is the last Sunday of Lent, the 40-day period Jesus spent fasting and resisting temptation. Worship service begins at 10 a.m.

Holy Week is our week-a week special to Christians.

"This year we're doing something a little different, and we're having an Easter cantata", Justice said. Many area clergy will participate.

Palm Sunday, April 9, 10:30 a.m. service with commemoration of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem and Communion. Those same crowds become those who call for His crucifixion.

Holy Week begins at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, rural Sully, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Newton, with Palm/Passion Sunday.

During Sukkot Jewish people were to gather in Jerusalem to remember God's provision for them as they wandered in the wilderness, but also to anticipate the promised Messianic age, "when all nations will flow to this city to worship the Lord", as explained by International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. The Holy Oils of the Sick and the Catechumens are blessed and the Sacred Chrism used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders for the Ordination of Priests and Bishops is consecrated. "It's a wonderful celebration, like spring, about new life", said the Rev. John Koerner, First Presbyterian Church of Clarksburg. This is the celebration of the Paschal Mystery. "However I urge you all not to lose focus because what we are going in for (holy week) is a more profound retreat that will lead us into Easter", He added.

St. Joseph's Maundy Thursday observance includes symbolic washing of feet. "We remember His death on Good Friday by contemplating the cost of the cross, and we joyfully remember His resurrection on the third day". We praise you Lord! May the Cross of the Lord steady our lives. This is why believers look with confidence to the Cross, drawing from its mystery of love the courage and strength to walk faithfully in the footsteps of the crucified and risen Christ.

"Stating with Holy Thursday through the Easter Vigil, we at St. Joseph become trilingual - English, Spanish and Vietnamese - with all three choirs joining together and scriptures and prayers in all three languages of our principal communities", Knipe said. His victory can be ours.

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins has enjoined Christians to emulate Jesus Christ by imbibing the values of integrity, honesty and welfare for others.

Other reports by iNewsToday