Palm Sunday


: the Sunday before Easter celebrated in commemoration of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem

Examples of Palm Sunday in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a second successive Sunday, the cherry blossoms remained in bloom in the capital, displaying their brilliant whiteness against a bright blue sky on Palm Sunday, this year’s first Sunday of astronomical spring. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024 Pope Francis broke tradition during the start of Holy Week on Sunday, skipping a reading of his annual Palm Sunday homily during Mass at the last minute. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 25 Mar. 2024 As tens of thousands of faithful holding palm fronds in St. Peter’s Square looked on, the moment arrived in the Palm Sunday Mass for Pope Francis to deliver his homily in a service marking the beginning of Holy Week, one of the most demanding and significant on the Christian calendar. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Easter, the Christian holiday, is creeping up, with Holy Week kicking off this weekend on Palm Sunday. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 22 Mar. 2024 What Is the Week Between Palm Sunday and Easter Called? Before Easter, Christians spend a week, known as the Holy Week, celebrating different aspects surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Alison Fox, Parents, 22 Mar. 2024 Some churches use silk plant leaves or olive branches on Palm Sunday, as palm branches can be difficult to find in some areas in the U.S. How is Palm Sunday celebrated? Marina Johnson, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Mar. 2024 Lent in Louisville:This 40-year-old seafood joint known for 'best fish sandwich' is a Lent favorite When is Palm Sunday 2024? Chris Sims, The Courier-Journal, 14 Feb. 2024 The ashes are created by burning palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History


from the palm branches strewn in Christ's way

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Palm Sunday was before the 12th century

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“Palm Sunday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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Palm Sunday

: the Sunday before Easter celebrated in memory of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem

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