Friday, March 23, 2018

When is Palm Sunday 2018, Palm Sunday 2018 Date

When is Palm Sunday 2018, Palm Sunday 2018 Date

Palm Sunday is observed on the Sunday before Easter Sunday. Christians celebrate Jesus's return to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday with a feast and people can be seen carrying palms representing the palm branches spread out in front of Jesus as he rode a donkey into Jerusalem.

Palm Sunday Dates

Palm Sunday 2018       March 25, 2018
Palm Sunday 2019       April 14, 2019  
Palm Sunday 2020       April 5, 2020    
Palm Sunday 2021       March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday 2022       April 10, 2022
Palm Sunday 2023       April 2, 2023  
Palm Sunday 2024       March 24, 2024
Palm Sunday 2025       April 13, 2025

People hold palm branch and stand in procession's to celebrate Jesus' entry back to Jerusalem thus starting Holy week.

Why is Palm Sunday important?

Palm Sunday marks the begining of Holy Week, the final Sunday of Lent, that falls on the Sunday before Easter Sunday, representing the day Jesus entered Jerusalem in victory riding on the back of a donkey,days before he was crucified. Christians believe it was a week before his death and resurrection, the events of that day are recollected in special Palm Sunday services.

Why is it called Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday comes from the palm branches that people laid down in front of Jesus' path as he rode into Jerusalem. Palm branches are a symbol of peace and victory, and these palm branches were often thrown before the feet of a winning hero in homage. As per Gospel writers, the crowds laid down palm branches and clothes at Jesus feet to honour him when he arrived in the Holy City.

Old Testament had predicted that people would recognise the Messiah when he comes into the city, and they would lay palms at his feet. Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday is a Holy Week - where Christians remember how Christ was welcomed, betrayed and executed.

Like Easter, Palm Sunday is a moveable feast meaning it does not occur on the same date every year. Western Christian churches often refer to Palm Sunday as 'The Sunday of the Passion', while Orthodox Christian churches call the festival 'The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem'.

Jesus' entry into Jerusalem coincided with the Jewish festival of Passover. Palm Sunday church services start with a procession of people carrying palm branches. Small crosses, each made of a single palm frond, are distributed to everyone. In the Eastern Orthodox Church Palm Sunday is preceded by Lazarus Saturday.

The using of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic, it means the humble arrival of Christ in peace. The colors of the Mass on Palm Sunday are red and white, symbolizing the God's plans in blood for saving of this world.