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Palm SundayJesus' entry into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey

Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. It is also known as Passion Sunday.

It refers to Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem for the Passover. It was a time when Jerusalem was packed with many times the normal number of inhabitants, and Jesus was acclaimed by excited crowds who threw cloaks and palm branches onto the road in front of him. 

It is common practice now for small crosses to be given out on Palm Sunday in memory of this occasion. The crosses are usually made from folded strips of dried palm leaves.


If you have been given a palm cross and wondered how it is made, click on the cross, or the link below,  to go to a web site which gives step by step instructions (



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