Christian pilgrims from all over the world marched in the traditional Palm Sunday Procession from the Mount of Olives to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday (7 April).
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MV Monsignorleading procession with other church dignitaries
GV Procession going through st. Stephens gate TILT UP TO crowd on top
GV Crowds on top TILT DOWN TO Procession in Jerusalem city
SV Procession enters st. Anne's convent
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Background: Christian pilgrims from all over the world marched in the traditional Palm Sunday Procession from the Mount of Olives to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday (7 April).
Led by priests, monks and nuns and carrying palm branches and chanting, the pilgrims moved down from the Mount of Olives and through Saint Stephen's into the old walled city of Jerusalem in bright sunshine. Palm Sunday is traditionally celebrated by Christians as the day jesus Christ, after his arrival from Jericho, rode through the city on a donkey in triumph. This year Palm Sunday coincided with the first day of the weeklong festival of passover, commemorating the Jewish Exodus from Egypt.
More than 20,000 people lined the route of the Palm Sunday procession, the largest crowd to take part in the ceremony since before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. The procession was led by Latin Patriarch Monsignor Beltritti and other Christian church dignitaries. palm Sunday is the beginning of a week of the most important events in the Christian churches calendar. It culminates in Christ's last supper with his Apostles, his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. Many people in the crowd this year in Jerusalem for the procession were from Scandinavian countries and Germany, but there were also a large number of people from Japan.