Wednesday, April 1st, 2015. Gwen Nunez Reporting: The Anglican, Catholic, and Methodist Congregations gathered on Palm Sunday to celebrate the beginning of Holy Week (March 29th – April 4th) with a Procession that began from the Drums of Our Fathers Monument in beautiful Dangriga. Canon Jerris Valentine, Rev. Clare, Rev. McBride, Fr. Rolando, Deacon Nevis were the clergy men and women who led the meaningful ceremony.
After the blessing of the Palms the faithful got their palms and processed through the principal streets of Dangriga Town with the lead Donkey controlled by Jockey Ramos followed by Belize Defense Force Band and congregation. At the end of it all everyone felt the unity and pride that Christians feel when focused on the purpose of worshiping one God through different doctrines. During this week Missionaries from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama are working in the Catholic Communities of Maya Center, Seine Bight, Hopkins, and Dangriga.
According to the Catholic Website “Holy Week is the week preceding Easter and the final week of Lent. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday. Holy Week includes Holy Thursday (also known as Maundy Thursday) and Good Friday, which, together with Holy Saturday, are known as the Triduum. Before the revision of the liturgical calendar in 1969, Holy Week was the second week
of Passion tide; in the current calendar, Passion tide is synonymous with Holy Week.
During Holy Week, Christians commemorate the Passion of Christ, Who died on Good Friday in reparation for the sins of mankind, and rose on Easter Sunday to give new life to all who believe. Thus, while Holy Week is solemn and sorrowful, it also anticipates the joy of Easter through the recognition of God’s goodness in sending His Son to die for our salvation.
This Palm Sunday procession, and the blessing of palms,seems to have originated in the Frankish Kingdom. The earliest mention of these ceremonies is found in the Sacramental of the Abbey of Bobbio in northern Italy (beginning of the eighth century). The rite was soon accepted in Rome and incorporated into the liturgy.
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