Palm Sunday and palm crosses

By: Morexette Marie B. Erram April 05,2020 - 12:37 PM
Palm fronds shaped in cross to mark the celebration of Palm Sunday | WIKIMEDIA COMMONS FILE

Catholics in the country have their palm crosses blessed on Palm Sunday to mark the start of the Holy Week celebration. | WIKIMEDIA COMMONS FILE

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Palm fronds or lukay is commonly used to produce hanging rice or puso  an iconic Cebuano staple.

But in Roman Catholicism, this symbolizes peace and victory.

In most liturgical churches, it is believed that palm fronds were used to celebrate Christ’s entry into the holy land of  Jerusalem.

Catholics would normally adorn their homes with crosses that are made from palm fronds to celebrate Palm Sunday, the start of the Holy Week celebration and last Sunday of lent or the season of abstinence and fasting.

Palm crosses that are blessed with holy water during Palm Sunday Masses are not discarded after use. These are burned and its ashes kept for use during the observance of Ash Wednesday in the next calendar year.

With the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) here, Cebuanos were unable to go out of their homes to hear Mass, secure palm crosses and have these blessed.

Church officials instead asked Catholics to stay at home and hear Masses that were aired live on radio, television or through the social media pages of the different Churches here.

For the first time in recent history, the Archdiocese of Cebu had to improvise means to reach as many devotees they can while the ECQ remains in effect.

The Palm Sunday Mass officiated by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma was aired live from the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral this morning, April 5, 2020.

In his homily, Palma reminded Cebuano faithful to value life as most parts of the world face the threats of COVID-19 which has already claimed four lives in Cebu.

Read: Palma to Cebuano faithful: Value life amid the COVID-19 threat

/ dcb

Subscribe to our regional newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of Cebudailynews. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

TAGS: Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, COVID-19, Holy Week, Jerusalem, Jesus Christ, Palm Sunday

Subscribe to our regional newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.