Published: Вт, Апреля 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Crowds flock to hear Pope launch Holy Week

Crowds flock to hear Pope launch Holy Week

Thousands of Christian pilgrims took part in Palm Sunday celebrations in Jerusalem at the start of the Holy Week.

Pope Francis has opened Holy Week celebrations with a call for humility from the Catholic Church. 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.

Sprinkling holy water, Francis blessed palm fronds and olive branches clutched by pilgrims, tourists and Romans before Mass began.

REACHING OUT. A lay minister blesses palm fronds during a Palm Sunday Mass at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan, on April 14, 2019.

The pope wore bright red vestments and held a braided palm as he and many cardinals and bishops took part in a long procession before he held mass at an open-air altar in front of Saint Peter's Basilica.

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Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. This twofold mystery accompanies our entrance into Holy Week each year.

REENACTMENT. Palm Sunday reenacts the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, as in this scene at the Baguio Cathedral on April 14, 2019.

"The silence of Jesus throughout his Passion is profoundly impressive".

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

Earlier this month the 82-year-old pope attempted to bring peace to Africa, kneeling and allegedly kissing the feet of the leaders of conflict-torn South Sudan - President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar. Good Friday marks the day of the crucifixion.

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