Churches Begin Holy Week With Palm Sunday Services
Sunday marked the start of Holy Week for Christians.
Members of the congregation from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wilkes-Barre took to the streets to celebrate Palm Sunday – the day marking the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem.
Children rode miniature horses, and members of the church also reenacted some biblical scenes, carried palms, and sang throughout the procession in Wilkes-Barre.
In Scranton, dozens of Catholics began Holy Week with a procession around St. Peter’s Cathedral.
Bishop Joseph Bambera began the Palm Sunday mass with blessing of palms in the garden and some bible readings. The procession was followed by a mass inside the cathedral.
The service is meant to commemorate Jesus’ entry into the city of Jerusalem and remember the death of Christ.
Also in Scranton, the Community of Christ Church has set up a tomb display in front of the building.
Students and art teachers from West Scranton High School helped paint the display.
The tomb will be on display all week, and Friday afternoon they will close the tomb to depict where Jesus was laid to rest. Then on Easter Sunday, churchgoers will open it and light the tomb from the inside, showing that Jesus has risen.