I took this photo outside the church of St. James in Ibaan, Batangas, where a group of women and their children were selling these palms for Php 10 a piece. For us Catholics, the waving of palms ushers in the most sacred week of the year, when we commemorate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of the Son of God. I came back from the beach on Palm Sunday, and the 5-hour traffic, as well as the multitudes of people crowding the streets, were an instant reminder of the solemnity of this week. I'll be honest and admit that I'm not exactly a paragon of virtue, but if anything, this week should remind us that there is nothing too great for God to forgive. May God grant all of us the grace to repent of our sins.
Hosanna, Hosanna filio David.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna, Hosanna in excelsis.