We begin our Holy Week pilgrimage with Jesus by recalling how Jesus rode in triumph into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday is the Sunday before he was crucified, when the people hailed him as king. The colour in the church is red, the colour of Christ the King. The church is decorated with palm branches and palms in the forms of crosses are distributed to all worshippers.
At the start of the service, which happens outside in the Memorial Garden, the palm crosses are held up to be blessed. The palms, in the shape of crosses foreshadow Jesus' suffering and death. Perhaps what is most noticeable about this service is the two lengthy Gospel readings. The one records how the crowds praised him and wanted to make him King. The other records how that same crowd shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”.