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Kenyan Christians mark Palm Sunday ahead of Easter holiday

Pope Francis blesses palm branches as he ushers in Holy Week Kenyan Christians mark Palm Sunday ahead of Easter holiday
Jeannette Daniel | 15 April, 2019, 14:59

Worshipers carried palm fronds and olive branches and marched from the top of the Mount of Olives to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Marking the commencement of the Holy Week, the devotees of Bantwal Parish celebrated Palm Sunday with religious fervour here on April 14. The palm is a symbol of the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem just before his crucifixion, as crowds waved palm branches, sang "Hosannah, " and covered his path with the branches. Israeli officials reported an estimated 15,000 people took part in the procession.

The pope said that it was important to resist the temptations of triumphalism and remain humble.

The Church itself had to resist triumphalism and spiritual worldliness, he added, calling them "the most treacherous temptation threatening the Church". The Sandakan-born Archbishop also reminded devotees to keep their individual palm branches/leaves at home to serve as reminder of the passion and death of Jesus.

On Palm Sunday, the church also marks World Youth Day.

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Pope Francis during Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Apr. 14, 2019.

At the end of the two-hour service, Francis asked the crowd to pray for peace around the world but particularly the Holy Land and the Middle East.

Other special services for Holy Week include Ecumenical Service on the 7 Last Words of Jesus on Good Friday and the Blessing of Easter Baskets on Saturday.

On Holy Thursday, Francis will travel to the city of Velletri, south of Rome, to wash and kiss the feet of 12 inmates in a prison there to commemorate Jesus' gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died.

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