On Palm Sunday, also known as “The Sunday of the Passion” we both literally and figuratively begin to walk through Holy Week. The service begins away from the main sanctuary. The story of the Triumphal Entry is read, palm branches are blessed, and we recall Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem by carrying the palms, singing a hymn and walking in procession to the main doors of the church which become symbolically the gates of Jerusalem. Instead of a regular reading of the Gospel, members of the congregation take part in reading the story of the last few days of Jesus’s mortal life. If you can make only one service during Holy Week, come on Palm Sunday as the music, pageantry, readings, and prayers touch on the main themes of the week.