April 17, 2011 Leave a comment
The holiest period on the Christian calendar has begun with holiday celebrations in Jerusalem.
Bells summoned the Christian faithful to Palm Sunday prayers at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City, the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Palm Sunday is the beginning of Easter Holy Week and marks Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.
According to the New Testament, people threw palm branches on the road to welcome Him when he rode into the city on a donkey.
Inside the church, priests and pilgrims held a festive procession around the ancient stone sepulcher of Jesus. They waved palm and olive branches, engulfed in a fragrant cloud of incense.
The pilgrims came from all over the world…
There has been a big turnout of pilgrims for many years, thanks to a lull in Israeli-Palestinian violence. Jerusalem’s walled Old City will be packed with Jewish and Christian pilgrims this week because Easter coincides this year with the week-long biblical Feast of Passover…
The above was here.
CNN has a video of events there here.
Wishing I was there too…