Devotees observe Palm Sunday across Meghalaya

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TURA/SHILLONG, April 14: Palm Sunday was observed with special sermons, palm leaves and prayers across the state of Meghalaya, which is also the start of the annual holy week observance ahead of Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

Palm Sunday is observed to commemorate the triumphant entry of Lord Jesus Christ into the city for the last time before his crucifixion on Good Friday where palm leaves were laid on the floor to welcome Jesus.

Christians across Garo Hills and elsewhere held palm leaves in their hands as they attended special service at various churches across the region.

Giving his homily at the Sacred Heart Shrine, Rev. Fr. Theodore Sangma called on the faithful to embrace Christ in totality. “Many of us believe attending church service will make us good Christians. But if one is not willing to repent for his sins then he cannot be a true Christian,” said Fr. Theodore.

With Palm Sunday ushering in the Holy week Christians, particularly Catholics, will participate in several religious events beginning with the blessing of the anointing oil at Cathedral Church on Tuesday evening, enacting the washing of the feet of the 12 Disciples and the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday evening, special service on Good Friday afternoon which will include devotees participation in the 14 Stations of the Cross to remember the last journey of Christ before his crucifixion on Mount Calvary, and the Easter Vigil with the lighting of the lamp to signify the resurrection of Lord Jesus on Easter Sunday.