Christians around the Delaware Valley gather to celebrate the holiest week of their year

Justin Udo
April 14, 2019 - 12:40 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Christians throughout the Delaware Valley spent their Sunday observing the beginning of the holiest week of their calendar.

Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week, the last week of Lent, leading up to Easter.

“It's just a time where we can reflect, and we can remember what the Lord for us,” said Minister Leslie Rochester. “The sacrifice that he made for each and every one of us.”

Rochester says she started her Holy week by attending Palm Sunday service at Greater Community Bible Tabernacle, in West Philadelphia, for their celebration of Jesus making his way to Jerusalem.

“It's like the most exciting time,” she said. “It's that ultimate experience celebrating is life, his death, his burial and his resurrection.”

Elder Beverly Taylor says Palm Sunday at Greater Community lets them have a special service with palm leaves serving as a center piece.

“We always have praise and worship,” she explains. “We also give out our palms every time we have Palm Sunday. We give it out as crosses now. The palms represent a rejoicing.”

There are a number of different days of observance and celebration during Holy week. All of the celebrations culminate to Easter Sunday, the day Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead.