HG Bishop Hovakim celebrated Palm Sunday at St Sarkis Church. Palm Sunday marked Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday the day Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem, “They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12:13). Arriving at the temple in Jerusalem, Jesus healed the blind and the sick; however, at the same time he aroused the ire and suspicion of the priests, who heard children shouting in the temple area calling out, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” When he saw the children, he embraced them and told them “do not be afraid as the kingdom belongs to you”. You are the future of humanity, you should be cherished and loved and not be abandoned. This story is the beginning of what is called Holy Week, a time when we remember Jesus’ last days and the love he has for each of us. His Grace in his speech to the congregation added that even though the times are tough with all the restrictions and pandemic, but we have come to celebrate Palm Sunday together. On Palm Sunday we have the blessing of the children and this year was no exception.
The start of the Holy Week was the week beginning up to Easter; it always starts on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter.