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Parishioners celebrate Palm Sunday in Woodbridge

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Remembering the day Jesus made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem — Domingo de Ramos or Palm Sunday — every inch of space at Our Lady of Angels Church in Woodbridge was filled April 14. Parishioners folded palms into beautiful and ornate designs from crosses to hearts and flowers. Father Alexander Diaz, parochial vicar, generously blessed the palms and parishioners with holy water during a procession through the church.

 

A short time later, a second Mass was celebrated by Father Zacarias Martinez, parochial vicar, in the school gym. Still more people than fit in the church gathered on the parish grounds.

Parishioner Amalfi Martinez Parada recognized the importance of the Palm Sunday Mass. “This is a time where we as Catholics recognize that Jesus is our savior and that because of him today we have salvation,” she said. “Today is the triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem and we as God’s people have to recognize that today is the most important day in our lives — today and Holy Thursday, as well, when he instituted the Eucharist.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019

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