Holy Week begins

By Ilia L. Likou 21 March 2016, 12:00AM

‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’

These were some of the Biblical phrases that Christians around the world sang and heard yesterday during their services as they celebrated Palm Sunday. 

Palm Sunday represents the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week that focuses on Jesus’ last days before He was crucified.

At different denominations in Samoa yesterday many churches held their own processions during their services. 

They also featured skits and special hymns and held the blessings of small palm crosses as part of the special day

For the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa, the Sunday School children were mainly involved in depicting the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem during their service.

Reverend Tupou Situfu of the Congregational Christian Church at Nofoali’i said their Sunday School performances are based on what is told in the Bible. “We’ll (Sunday School) present a number of skits and sing gospel songs in front of our church members this morning and this is a great reminder for everyone of how Jesus came on this earth, died and rose again so that we could have everlasting life. ” he said.

“Palm branches are a widely recognized symbol of peace and victory,

“This is because the crowd that was waiting for Jesus welcomed Him by spreading palm branches in His path and greeting Him as the Messiah sent by God to establish His kingdom on earth.

“I want to wish Samoa a very peaceful Palm Sunday as we head towards this Holy Week in commemorating how He went through so much for us to be saved. 

Here are some of the photos from the Sunday Schools re-enactment at the C.C.C.S. Nofoali’i yesterday as the children depicted the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem with the waving of palm branches and the singing of hymns.

By Ilia L. Likou 21 March 2016, 12:00AM

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