Christians Across The World Celebrate Palm Sunday

Christians in Nigeria and across the world have gathered in celebration of the Palm Sunday, marking the final Sunday in the Lenten season and the start of the Christian holy week.

The holy week is the week leading to Easter and is held in remembrance of Jesus’ time in Jerusalem, before he died and was resurrected.

The Palm Sunday is also in remembrance of the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem in triumph, riding on the back of a donkey.

It is a solemn day where Christians pay their respects to their savior and reflect on the sacrifices he made.

Meanwhile, a blast has taken place outside a church in northern Egypt, leaving at least two people dead.

The explosion occurred hours after a separate blast which killed at least 25 people during a Palm Sunday service in the Nile Delta.

As gathered from Reuters, the Nile Delta explosion┬ácomes as Islamic State’s branch in Egypt appears to be stepping up attacks on Christians and threatening them in messages blasted out to followers.

Explosions Hit Egyptian Churches On Palm Sunday

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A Second blast has taken place outside a church in northern Egypt, hours after at least 25 people were killed during a Palm Sunday service in the Nile Delta.

The latest explosion outside St. Mark’s Coptic Church in Alexandria killed at least two people, according to state TV.

As gathered from Reuters, the bombing in Tanta, a Nile Delta city less than 100 kilometers outside Cairo, comes as Islamic State’s branch in Egypt appears to be stepping up attacks on Christians and threatening them in messages blasted out to followers.

According to the BBC, Pope Tawdros is unhurt and his secretary said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who struck outside the church.

After the first explosion in Tanta, Provincial Governor, Ahmad Deif, told the state-run Nile News channel: “Either a bomb was planted or someone blew himself up.”

General Tarek Atiya, a spokesperson at Egypt’s Interior Ministry, told AFP news agency that the blast in Tanta took place near the altar. However, a┬ásearch is under way for any more explosives which could be in the vicinity.

Christians Celebrate Palm Sunday

Christians all over the world especially Catholics and other orthodox denominations are today celebrating Palm Sunday, a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter.

The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four gospels.

In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves, often tied into crosses, to the assembled worshippers

According to the gospel, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, and the joyful crowd laid down their cloaks and small branches of trees in front of him.