What is it like to be an attendant on a celebrity who is mobbed? The fans want access, but you need to protect your charge.
At the same time, you are a fan yourself. The dilemma is , if you're watching the star, you're not seeing the danger coming up from outside your vision.
Palm Sunday is held a week before Easter Sunday, and is the beginning of Holy Week, a life changing week for St Peter. They had travelled to Jerusalem to observe the Passover feast. By this stage, Jesus was like a rock star, and Peter one of his staff/friend. As a celebrity, crowds formed, and processed him into the city, on a donkey. This is remembered in the churches.
My parents would put theirs in their "Mass book" for the whole year. (I don't use a Mass book, I muddle along. ) The palm leaves are first blessed by a priest.
Left over leaves are burned and the ash used on Ash Wednesday of the following year.
Here's what the disciples did before the entrance to the city in Matthew 21:
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”a
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosannab to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”c
“Hosannad in the highest heaven!”
10When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
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