Palm Sunday is the celebration of the triumphant entrance of Christ into the Holy city of Jerusalem. He rode on the back of a colt of an ass for which He Himself had sent, and the people to hail Him publicly as a king. A large crowd met Him in a manner befitting royalty, waving palm branches and placing their garments in His path. They greeted Him with these words: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel! (John 12:13)
As we enter into this most blessed week of the year, we are reminded that this week holds a great deal of imagery and expectations as we relive the last days of our Lord on Earth and the end of His Earthly ministry. It is with much expectation that we prepare ourselves for the coming betrayal and crucifixion of our God. But in order to get there, we have to enter into the Holy city, and prepare ourselves.
As a feast of the One Holy Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic faith, it is one that embraces the people as they come to see Christ for what he really was, the incarnate God-man Jesus Christ. It is also at this point in Christ’s ministry that we are told later on in the Gospels that Christ was fulfilling the prophecies of His coming.
May we all continue to be vigilant in great expectation of the Great Feast of Holy Pascha.