'Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.' (Psalm 24:8)
In ancient times palm branches were regarded as tokens of joy and triumph and were customarily used on festive occasions. Kings and conquerors were welcomed with palm branches being strewn before them and waved in the air. Palm Sunday celebrates the welcome of Jesus as King and Christians across the world now believe that through the Holy Spirit we can welcome Jesus into our lives and our situations. The arch-shape and palm branches represent a gate of WELCOME to Jesus.
A prayer of welcome:
'King Jesus, I welcome you and I invite you into my life and in all my situations'.