‘So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, crying ‘Hosanna!”
Millions of people around the world recalled the above words from the Gospel of St. John when they took part in services for Palm Sunday, starting a week of devotions that will culminate in Easter Sunday, 12 April.
At St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Walkers Road, Father Paul Ballien blessed the palm fronds cut and cleaned by parishioners days before.
Some members of the congregation got their fronds early and tore them into strips to plait intricate designs.
After the blessing and Scripture reading in front of the school hall, parishioners processed to the church for continuation of the Mass.
Many Catholics keep their blessed palm in the home for the rest of the year as a reminder of the Easter message and devotional aid.
Palm branches also decorate the church for services that will include commemoration of the Last Supper on Thursday and the Crucifixion on Good Friday.