Reading – Matthew 21: 1-11
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
This is the Sunday before Easter Sunday. It is the first day of Holy Week and celebrates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem riding on a colt, often referred to as a donkey. Crowds of people greeted him, throwing palm branches on the road.
Anglican and Roman Catholic churches give out small crosses made from palm leaves, as a reminder of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and his death on the cross. Some Christians keep these in their homes all year as a symbol of their faith.
There are some Palm crosses in church. If you would like one, please collect one.
Palm crosses are usually kept for a year then returned to Church and burned. The ash is then used to mark the sign of the cross on people on Ash Wednesday.
Keep your cross and put it somewhere where it will remind you of Jesus and his return.
You could always use it as a focus to your prayers.