Local churches commemorate Palm Sunday, start of holy week

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Sunday is known as Palm Sunday, and churches across the Southern Tier held services to celebrate the beginning of Christianity’s holiest week.

The day officially marks one week away from Easter Sunday, which is celebrated in Christianity as the day Jesus Christ was resurrected.

Palm Sunday is the commemoration of Jesus’ entrance into the holy city of Jerusalem.

Clergy at St. Patrick’s said Palm Sunday is the culmination of a larger celebration.

“For the last 6 weeks, we have been celebrating the season of Lent, and this week, on Palm Sunday, we’ll begin the holy week,” said Father Fredrick, the parochial vicar at St. Patrick’s and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The holiday is known as Palm Sunday because palm branches were used to help welcome Jesus into Jerusalem.

The holy week, and the Lenten season, both end on Easter Sunday.

Josh Rosenblatt

Josh Rosenblatt

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