The outdoor blessing of the Palm Sunday branches will return to the downtown cathedral

An outdoor Blessing of the Branches for Palm Sunday returns to Notre Dame des Anges Cathedral on Sunday after two years of doing so indoors or virtually due to COVID-19.

Palm Sunday Masses at the Cathedral in the city center will begin outside in Cathedral Square for the blessing of the palm branches.

The branches representing the palm trees brought by the crowd when Jesus entered Jerusalem will then be carried by the faithful when they enter the cathedral. It has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century.

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem shortly before his death and marks the start of Holy Week, which will end next Sunday with Easter.

“It is a time for us to really reflect on the mystery of our redemption – the mystery of God’s love for us,” Bishop Jose Gomez said.

“Jesus carried his cross for us and died for us. To set us free to live a new life – to live for God and for the love of our neighbors and our families.

Gomez will celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in English at the cathedral at 10:00 a.m. Reverend David Gallardo, pastor of the cathedral, will celebrate mass in Spanish at 12:30 p.m.

Masses will be streamed live on facebook.com/lacatholics, youtube.com/olacathedral and olacathedral.org/live.

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