A Palm Sunday Cross

Foundation, KS1, KS2, Whole schoolRE
Mark the start of Holy Week with an activity that pupils can do at home

Introduction

Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday, which Christians use to remember the key events of the Easter story.

The palm cross

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Around the world, many Christians take part in processions either before or after a church service on Palm Sunday, to re-create the moment when Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem to the sound of cheering crowds. The Bible says this about the event:

As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives. There Jesus sent two of the disciples on ahead with these instructions: 'Go to the village there ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied up with her colt beside her. Untie them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything, tell him, "The Master needs them"; and then he will let them go at once.'

This happened in order to make come true what the prophet had said: 'Tell the city of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you! He is humble and rides on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'

So the disciples went and did what Jesus had told them to do: they brought the donkey and the colt, threw their cloaks over them, and Jesus got on. A large crowd of people spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds walking in front of Jesus and those walking behind began to shout, 'Praise to David's Son! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise be to God!'

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was thrown into an uproar. 'Who is he?' the people asked. 'This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee,' the crowds answered.
Matthew 21:1-11 (Good News Translation)

The branches they cut down were palm leaves, which make a strange rustling sound when waved in the air. This was the traditional greeting for a new king. The original word for ‘Hooray!’ was ‘Hosanna!’

To think about

Imagine you were there in the crowd on Palm Sunday. What words would you use to describe the crowd’s welcome for Jesus? What words might you use to describe the procession?

 

To do

  • Make a list of ten interesting words or phrases describing the sights and sounds and feelings of Palm Sunday.
  • Use these to write a Palm Sunday poem. This could be a haiku poem, which has three lines - the first with five syllables, the second with seven and the third with five. Can you give your poem an interesting title?
  • With an adult, look on the internet and see if you can find the history and information about where palm crosses are made. Why not try making one?

 

Acknowledgements

Good News Translation® (Today’s English Version, Second Edition) Copyright © 1992 American Bible Society. All rights reserved.