“Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass.” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” ~Matthew 21:5-9
The faithful lined the sidewalks as they watched the group of clergy, deacons, choir and children process into St. Peter’s on Palm Sunday. Imitating Scripture, the people held olive branches as they came into the church singing, Hosanna! Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week for Catholics. It is an especially prayerful and powerful time for the Church and prepares us for the glory of Resurrection Sunday.