Orthodox Christians mark Palm Sunday at Jerusalem church

Pilgrims from around the world joined fellow Christians following clergymen who entered the church waving palm fronds and branches.

By REUTERS
April 24, 2016 11:46

Orthodox Christians mark Palm Sunday at Jerusalem's church

Orthodox Christians mark Palm Sunday at Jerusalem's church

 
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Hundreds of Orthodox Christians attended Palm Sunday procession in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher on Sunday, to mark the beginning of Easter week festivities.

Pilgrims from around the world joined fellow Christians following clergymen who entered the church waving palm fronds and branches. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is believed to be the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection

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Celebrations on Palm Sunday, a moveable feast held on the first Sunday before Easter, marks the start of Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday, the most important date in the church calendar.

According to Christian tradition, the date commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem just before his arrest and crucifixion, when followers strewed palm branches in his path.
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