Palm Sunday this year

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Palm Sunday this year

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader

The current global crisis extends to almost every aspect of life in the world. With the advent of Palm Sunday (on April 12 according to the Julian calendar), all popular celebrations were cancelled in both the Vatican and Noble Jerusalem as the Vatican hosts the Church’s administration in the world--led by the Pontiff, the successor of St. Peter--and Jerusalem as it is the land where Palm Sunday, the Passion and the Resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ events took place.

In view of the multitudes of the infected, may God heal them, and the martyrs, may God have mercy on them, one can only surrender to the compassionate and merciful God, as well as to repeatedly praying seeking the Lord's mercy to stem this painful ordeal, which is one of the most serious moments in human history, or rather as the United Nations secretary general said, "It is the worst crisis in the aftermath of World War II.

The Church's clergy and faithful are aware that the safety, health and dignity of humans are an essential component and that one can only pray to the Merciful God, saying , "O Lord, have mercy on us."

As for the feast which extends from Palm Sunday to Easter, it is an invaluable occasion to deepen faith in the Lord who is the conductor of the universe and the master of history. Evil is not made by God, but God permits from time to time testing the believers, and this test applies to everyone without exception.

The feast is felt by conducting prayer at home whose significance was missed a long time ago. The imposed "restricted movement" opened the way to "openness" within the hearts and behind the walls of the homes that are nowadays abounding with prayers to God to comfort all humanity without any exceptions. At this very time, the Christians the Lenten fast ends, which marks the time for maintaining human solidarity par excellence, and considering the poor and the needy. In Jordan, Caritas Jordan, the social arm of the Church, presented thousands of parcels containing foodstuffs to the poor and the needy in cooperation with the Raja' Charitable Office. The Caritas Jordan-affiliated clinics continue as well to deliver medicine to the homes of the sick.

Consequently, Palm Sunday this year is different from the past years with regards to religious rites. But the essence is the same, namely thinking about the spiritual dimensions of the feast and imploring the Lord to attain universal healing and to take into consideration the needy.

Have a happy Palm Sunday.

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