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Christians honor Palm Sunday as Easter approaches

March 27, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON— With Easter on the horizon, Christians worldwide observed Palm Sunday with special ceremonies during Sunday services, initiating Holy Week and the last week of Lent.

The Sunday before Easter recognizes Jesus Christ’s return to Jerusalem days prior to crucifixion, which is observed on Good Friday, and resurrection, which is Easter. Palm Sunday gets its name from the palm branches crowds laid at Jesus’ feet as he rode a donkey into the city.

Locally as is internationally, many churches incorporate branches during Palm Sunday services in variety of ways, including the congregation waving branches or strewing the sanctuary floor with them. Palm branches are sometimes also burned after use, and the black ashes saved for Ash Wednesday services the following year.