Knoxville church celebrates Palm Sunday, 'Holy Week'

Pope Francis blesses palm branches as he ushers in Holy Week

HOLY WATER. Priests sprinkle holy water on thousands of Catholics who join the Palm Sunday observance at Santo Niño Parish in Tondo, Manila, on April 14, 2019. On Good Friday he will lead the Way of the Cross procession at Rome's ancient Colosseum. "On Palm Sunday, palms are blessed and distributed in remembrance of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem", said Fr Nigel Barrett, spokesman for the archdiocese of Bombay.

About 50,000 people gathered for the Palm Sunday Mass remembering Jesus's entry into Jerusalem before he was crucified. But not long after, according to the New Testament, the public's mood changed, and Jesus was arrested, mocked, scourged and executed.

The pope said that it was important to resist the temptations of triumphalism and remain humble. Festive cries, followed by brutal torture.

The Church itself had to resist triumphalism and spiritual worldliness, he added, calling them "the most treacherous temptation threatening the Church".

Catholic parishes and other places of worship, including those in city jails, became gardens of palm fronds on Sunday, April 14, as Holy Week began with the annual observance of Palm Sunday. He watched from steps at the foot of the obelisk in the center of the square as prelates, holding dried, braided palms, formed a circle around him.

At the end of the two-hour service, Francis asked the crowd to pray for peace around the world but particularly the Holy Land and the Middle East. Several solemn ceremonies culminate in joyous celebrations on Easter Sunday as Christians celebrate their belief that Jesus rose from the dead.

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