Palm Sunday 2017 in the Diocese of Leeds
The Palm Sunday procession, which commemorates Jesus’s entry into the city of Jerusalem, was celebrated in Leeds City Centre by Right Reverend Marcus Nigel Stock, MA, STL, Tenth Bishop of Leeds.
The procession began at the civic entrance to the Town Hall, where we gathered along with the Bishop, clergy and congregations from all the City centre churches in the presence of the Lord Mayor, Councillor Gerry Harper, Bishop Marcus bless the palm’s before we all moved on to St Anne Cathedral for the rest of the Mass.
Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect.
Palm branches are a widely recognised symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday.
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