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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Palm Sunday marks beginning of Holy Week

  • Palm Sunday service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Harrisburg consisted of the congregation gathering outside where they received palm fronds and then proceeded into the church where Mass was celebrated.
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  • Palm Sunday service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Harrisburg consisted of the congregation gathering outside where they received palm fronds and then proceeded into the church where Mass was celebrated.
    Father Abraham Adejoh, pastor, said the Mass and preached on the subject of Judas and Peter having both betrayed Christ but each of those disciples chose different ways of dealing with their betrayals.
    Judas chose death and hanged himself.
    Peter chose life and returned to Christ’s followers following the crucifixion.
    “Life or death… we each must choose,” said the pastor.
    Catholics traditionally use palms in celebrating Palm Sunday and the start of the Holy Week observances. Palms are typically displayed throughout the year and burned on Ash Wednesday the following year.
    Services are held on Holy Thursday which commemorates the Last Supper and again on Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion. Holy Saturday services are held in the evening on Saturday and commemorate the Resurrection.
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