Anglicans on Sunday celebrated Palm Sunday as they prepared for the Holy week. The processions were led by different priests in different areas.
Palm Sunday reminds Christians of the journey Jesus made into Jerusalem, on a donkey, to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover (Pesach). Jesus chose a donkey to show that he had come in peace. Many people welcomed Jesus by shouting, waving palm branches and throwing branches down in the path of the donkey.
Chipo Ndoda an Anglican told RelZim Palm Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday and marks the beginning of Easter
“Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy week as Jesus begins his journey to the cross. It is when Christians remember the last week of Jesus’ life. There are many church services and processions,” she said.
The Holy week begins Monday with Anglicans having prayers for the whole week.
Takura Moyo,who was with his Palm cross after church, said the holy week was the most important event in his religious calendar.
“As we start the holy week we feel blessed because this is the week that we renew our vows with God as Jesus dies for us on good Friday. It is an important week and we will be remembering that indeed Jesus died for our sins and delivered us.”
Christians wave Palm branches symbolizing the way the crowds greeted when Jesus entered Jerusalem by waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches.