Sunday before Easter; introd. Holy Week. The name is derived from the Gospel for the day (Mt 21:19) and in RCm is assoc., since the 6th c. with blessing the palms. Since 1955 RCm uses also the original Roman name, 2d Sunday of the Passion. The custom of the procession of the palms originated early (at least by the 4th c.) in Jerusalem. See also Church Year, 4, 8, 14, 16; Feast of Asses.
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