Castries, Saint Lucia: Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Philip J Pierre wished the people living in Saint Lucia and abroad on the occasion of Palm Sunday on April 2, 2023. The minister took it to social media and shared his heartfelt wishes with the general public.
While wishing the people of Saint Lucia, he noted, “As we celebrate Palm Sunday, the world is reminded of the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The crowds welcomed Him with open arms, waving palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna!” It was a moment of great joy and celebration.”
Furthermore, he informed that however, the journey ended on the cross, where Jesus suffered and died so we may live.
PM Pierre also stated, “Palm Sunday is a reminder that our journey as Christians will have trials and tribulations, just as Jesus did. However, we will overcome only through Him,” adding, “Let us use this Palm Sunday as a time to renew our commitment to walk with Jesus through the highs as well as the lows of life and to trust in His unfailing love and grace.”
While concluding his post, he mentioned, “Have a blessed Holy Week.”
In Saint Lucia, Palm Sunday is observed with great enthusiasm, the celebrations often begin with a procession, where parishioners carry palm branches and sing hymns as they make their way to their respective churches. Special meals are cooked by many families on this occasion.
Palm Sunday is a Christian holiday that marks the beginning of Holy Week, which starts the events leading up to crucifixion and resurrection Jesus Christ. It falls on the Sunday before Easter and is celebrated by many denominations of Christianity. Palm Sunday is named after the biblical account of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where he rode on a donkey and the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and laying them on the ground in his path.
This event symbolizes the people’s recognition of Jesus as the Messiah and their hope for his liberation of their nation from Roman oppression. In many churches, Palm Sunday is celebrated with a procession of palms, and the service includes the reading of the account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.