Palm Sunday begins Holy Week and falls on the 6th Sunday of Lent. Holy Week ends with Easter Sunday. It celebrates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover. Great crowds of people lined the streets waving palm branches to welcome him. The people were very excited. They spread branches on the road – and even laid down their clothes. They shouted ‘Hosanna!’ which means ‘Save us’.
The next day in Holy Week is Holy Thursday. Holy Thursday, is the beginning of the three day celebration of Easter. This period is called the ‘Triduum’ in which we celebrate and remember the last supper, the crucifixion and the Resurrection to new life. It is the most important time in the Church’s Year.
This week we have been working together with the other classes in Yr 1 and 2 to prepare our liturgy about Palm Sunday. As part of our preparation we have been hearing about how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and how crowds of people gathered to welcome him. We have also been learning the song ‘Here I am to Worship’, which we will singing as part of our liturgy.
As our liturgy closes we are asking two questions:
How would we welcome Jesus if he arrived here today?
How can we welcome Jesus into our lives?