Sunday, April 13, 2014 is Palm Sunday. Catholics throughout Long Island gathered in Church to begin Holy Week, and collected palms, which symbolize Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and ends with His most precious gift.
As the Passion of the Lord was read during Mass, many fumbled in an attempt to create a palm cross, while others easily crafted the symbol of the season.
The palm cross tutorial that follows, along with the attached video, simply teaches how to create one of the most recognized signs of the Catholic Church. Palms were used to hail Jesus Christ as the “King of the Jews” when he entered Jerusalem upon a donkey. Proudly display the palms you received on Palm Sunday with this easy step-by-step palm cross guide.
Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in Heaven and Glory in the highest. ~ Luke 19:39
How to create palm crosses for Palm Sunday
- Peel palms apart.
- If the tips of both ends are too pointy, trim with a pair of scissors.
- Hold the palm pointy side up.
- Just above midway down the frond, fold the palm to the right and make a 90 degree angle.
- Pick up the bottom and then fold again in an upward direction.
- Turn the palm over and repeat the above step until you have made a small square shape with the palm.
- Fold the arm of the palm cross (pointy side) all the way around the square and back through the folds to secure.
- To make one arm of the cross, pull one side through the square, and then tuck the loose end back towards the middle adjusting the pieces.
- Turn the palm over; fold the bottom up and through and then the top over, through and tuck in the square. Trim where needed.
Display your Palm Sunday cross proudly around your home. Have a blessed Holy Week and start this time off with the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday, the Diocesan Day of Penance. Check your local Long Island Catholic Church for confession times.