Question of the Day for Monday, March 4, 2013
Q. It seems that when I was younger the Sunday before Easter was called Palm Sunday, but nowadays it’s called Passion Sunday. Why the change?
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin
Before the liturgical changes ushered in by the Second Vatican Council, the Sixth Sunday of Lent was known as “Palm Sunday.” “Passion Sunday” was the name given to the Fifth Sunday of Lent. This day marked the beginning of a two-week period called “Passiontide,” during which the faithful were called to renew a spirit of penitence and re-embrace their Lenten resolutions.
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