Annie's "Palm Sunday" Page

~Celebrated the Sunday before Easter~
April 17th, 2011~

"Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna:
Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord."
~John 12:13~

Let's read the story from the Bible:
Here is what the Bible tells us Luke 19:28-44

Symbolic of Victory:
"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all
nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the
Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;"
~Revelation 7:9~

What does the Bible say:

I did a search for "PALMS" in the Bible and found that there are
10 verses with that word in it. Only 2 were relating to the "palm leaves".
When I did
"PALM" there were 39 verses.

Nave's Topical Bible says this about Palm tree.
Palm tree

Easton's Bible Dictionary says this about the Palm tree:

Palm tree
(Heb. tamar), the date-palm characteristic of Palestine. It is described as "flourishing" (
Psalms 92:12), tall
7:7), "upright" (Jeremiah 10:5). Its branches are a symbol of victory (Revelation 7:9). "Rising with slender
stem 40 or 50, at times even 80, feet aloft, its only branches, the feathery, snow-like, pale-green fronds from
6 to 12 feet long, bending from its top, the palm attracts the eye wherever it is seen." The whole land of
Palestine was called by the Greeks and Romans Phoenicia, i.e., "the land of palms." Tadmor in the desert was
called by the Greeks and Romans Palmyra, i.e., "the city of palms." The finest specimens of this tree grew at
Jericho (
Deuteronomy 34:3) and Engedi and along the banks of the Jordan. Branches of the palm tree were
carried at the feast of Tabernacles (
Leviticus 23:40). At our Lord's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem the crowds
took palm branches, and went forth to meet him, crying, "Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in
the name of the Lord" (
Matthew 21:8; John 12:13).

Smith's Bible Dictionary has more information on Palm tree
Torrey's Topical Textbook has this information on Palm-tree, The


What do the Encyclopedia's tell us about Palm Sunday?
The World Book Encyclopedia says this about Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week. It celebrates the story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem,
where people spread palm branches and clothing before Him. During Palm Sunday services, many churches
distribute cut palm leaves, sometimes woven into the shape of a cross. Greek Orthodox Christians receive branches
of fragrant bay leaves. The leaves are then used in cooking during the year.

Here is what Encarta Online says about Palm Sunday:
Palm Sunday, in Christianity, Sunday before Easter, so called from the custom of blessing palms and of carrying
portions of branches in procession, in commemoration of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The custom
may be traced back at least to the 4th century.

Faure, Jean Baptiste (1830-1914), French baritone of grand opera and concert stage; also famed as composer of
sacred songs, notably 'The Palms', often a part of Palm Sunday church services.
From Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia Deluxe.

What happened on the first Palm Sunday?
Read the Bible story for yourself.
Luke 19:28-44
Here is another site link: What Happened on that first Palm Sunday written by Ron Ritchie

Was the first Palm Sunday a fulfillment of Bible Prophecy?
YES!!! Let's look at Zechariah 9:9 & John 12-14
Zechariah 9:9 - "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem:
behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding
upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass."
John 12:14 - "And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,"

How do churches celebrate Palm Sunday today?
The way it is celebrated depends on the type of denomination. Some Churches just have
a special sermon, sing appropriate hymns while others may reenact the event and have real
palms to distribute to the congregation.

From Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia Deluxe we read: "Pageant & Parades - In Roman
Catholic nations there are Holy Week processions in many cities. (Holy Week consists of
the seven days before Easter, beginning with Palm Sunday.) These pageants commemorate
the last days of Jesus on Earth and often end with a short Passion play that
includes a mock trial and crucifixion."

What does "Hosanna" mean?
Hitchcock's Bible Names says that Hosanna means: "save I pray thee; keep; preserve"
Smith's Bible Dictionary tells us: "Hosanna - (save now ). "Save, we pray!" the cry of the
multitudes as they thronged in our Lord’s triumphal procession into Jerusalem.
Matthew 21:9,15; Mark 11:9,10; John 12:13) The Psalm from which it was taken, the
118th, was one with which they were familiar from being accustomed to recite the
25th and 26th verses at the feast of tabernacles, forming a part of the great hallel.
Ps. 113-118."
Baker's Evangelical Dictionary has this page about Hosanna

What is the significance of the donkey that Jesus rode?
Well I just looked up the word "donkey" in the KJV and it isn't there. So I tried "ass".
Naves Topical Bible on
their page says this about the donkey:
Used by Jesus:
Matthew 21:2,5, Luke 13:15, John 12:14,15 & Zechariah 9:9
Actually the donkey is an UNCLEAN animal (
Leviticus 11:2,3,26 & Exodus 13:13) and
that in itself has significance. Other Bible Study Tool Links:
Torrey's Topical Textbook has these pages: Ass, The Domestic & Ass, The Wild
Just for fun visit:
Pin the Tail on the Donkey... Online Game with Billy Bear
Donkey Link:
The Donkey Page

Palm Sunday Links:
Catholic Encyclopedia- BRANCH SUNDAY & Palm Sunday
Who Is This Man? - a song for Palm Sunday
The Catholic Encyclopedia has these pages:
Palm in Christian Symbolism & Palm Sunday
How to Make Palm Crosses
Observe Palm Sunday from ""
Bridging the Gap - Palm Sunday - Devotional for Kids
News Item:
Soldiers take time to pray in Basra

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Annie's World Day of Prayer Page
Annie's Email Encourager Prayer Page
Annie's "I Prayed for You Today" Page
Annie's Easter Welcome Page - has a listing of all my Easter Pages
Annie's Good Friday Page
Annie's Casting Lots Page

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~Sunday April 17th, 2011~
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