What Is Palm Sunday? 5 Facts to Know About the Start of Holy Week

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday stain glass window at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, Texas. |

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter when the Holy Week begins. Here are five facts about the occasion that shed light on its importance in the lives of Christians.

Palm Sunday is the beginning of the final seven days of Jesus' earthly ministry, based on Matthew 21:6–11, which reads:

"The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, 'Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!' And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, 'Who is this?' And the crowds said, 'This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.'"

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