Mission San Diego de Alcala is California's first church.
Mission San Diego de Alcalá is California’s first church. Photo by Chris Stone

Holy Week for Christians begins Sunday with Palm Sunday, which commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.

On Palm Sunday, the faithful receive palm fronds, a symbol of victory and peace, before mass, where they are blessed. Many people make them into small crosses to keep the rest of the year.

At Mission San Diego de Alcalá a procession of the faithful with palms is scheduled for 9 a.m., followed by regularly scheduled masses. 

Processions are also planned at St. Joseph Cathedral downtown, at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Barrio Logan, and many other churches across San Diego.

“This is a moment for us to really reflect on the mystery of our redemption — the mystery of God’s love for us,”said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.

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

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.