Palm Sunday: What it means to Christians

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Pope Francis blesses palm branches as he ushers in Holy Week

This year, Palm Sunday falls on April 14, Good Friday falls on April 19 and Easter Sunday will be celebrated on April 21.

REENACTMENT. Palm Sunday reenacts the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, as in this scene at the Baguio Cathedral on April 14, 2019. Israeli police say an estimated 15,000 people took part in the procession.

"Joyful acclamations at Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, followed by his humiliation".

After a long procession across the square accompanied by dozens of bishops and cardinals, and following gospel readings, Francis said in his homily that it was important to resist the temptations of triumphalism and remain humble.

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Francis added that "one subtle form of triumphalism is spiritual worldliness, which represents the greatest danger, the most treacherous temptation threatening the church".

Speaking with Vanguard at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins said: "Whatever the challenges or the conditions we are passing through, we must persevere just like our Lord Jesus Christ did and not forget that there is always glory at the end of every life challenge".

Commemorating Palm Sunday with palm branches goes back to the early Christian church. The pope called on young people not to be ashamed to show their enthusiasm for Jesus but at the same time not to fear following "him on the way to the cross".

Earlier this month the 82-year-old pope attempted to bring peace to Africa, kneeling and allegedly kissing the feet of the leaders of conflict-torn South Sudan - President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar.

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