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Can you eat meat on Palm Sunday?
Yes, you can eat meat on Palm Sunday. Sundays during Lent are still celebrations of the Resurrection. Abstinence from meat, the traditional form of lenten penance, occurs on Fridays during Lent. Fasting, which involves abstaining from meat and eating only one meal with two smaller snacks that do not equal the size of the main meal, occurs on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Are Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday the same?
Yes. Palm Sunday can also be referred to as Passion Sunday. Palm Sunday comes from the fact that it honors Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, where the people carried palm branches. It also is called Passion Sunday because the narrative of the Passion is read on this Sunday.
What is the link between Palm Sunday and Ash Wednesday?
The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are the burned palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. That means the palms used this year will be burned into ashes to be used during Ash Wednesday next year.
What are the Palm Sunday colors?
Red is worn on Palm Sunday in honor of the Lord’s Passion.
How long is Palm Sunday Mass?
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This will vary but it will most likely be over an hour long. In many parishes, Mass begins with a procession. The procession symbolizes those who went to meet the Lord as he entered Jerusalem. The Gospel reading is also much longer than usual. The Passion narrative is read and the faithful participates throughout the reading.
Can you say Happy Palm Sunday?
Yes, of course!
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