Christians across the country celebrated Palm Sunday yesterday. The annual celebration is held on the Sunday before Easter. For some, it highlights Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and is traditionally celebrated by the blessing and distribution of palm branches representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Christ as he rode into Jerusalem. The Saint Martin de Porres parishioners came out to celebrate as did hundreds more in other churches. Father Brian Christopher, Pastor at Saint Martin de Pores Church in Belize City told us more about the celebration and the spiritual significance of the feast.
Father Brian Christopher, Pastor at Saint Martin Deppores Church: “It was full, the music was good, people came to pray and I think they came to enter into Holy Week fully. Holy Week is…these are the high holy days for Christianity. This is the most sacred week of the year for us because this is the week that each day we walk with Jesus as he moves towards his death and then towards his resurrection. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and what we remember from Palm Sunday is when Jesus entered Jerusalem that last time knowing full well that he was going to die and when he entered Jerusalem he was met by a big crowd of people welcoming him. Of Course that same crowd of people a few days later would turn on him when they found out he wasn’t exactly the Messiah that they were hoping for. What happens during Holy Week is that Jesus’s life is really the paradigm for God’s love for us. In other words, Jesus throughout his life preached love and he showed love when he healed people and when interacted with people but really with was when he went to his death. That was the ultimate act of love, the Bible says there is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend and this is what Jesus did for his friends and for us. He laid down his life for us so that is really what we are entering into.”
It is customary for worshipers to receive palm leaves that are blessed and taken home.