Palm Sunday Celebration: Shirva Parish Welcomes Holy Week with Joyful Procession and Sacred Observance

March 24, 2024: Palm Sunday was joyfully celebrated at Our Lady of Health Church Shirva, marking the solemn beginning of Holy Week. The proceedings commenced at Msgr. Hilary Rangamatap, where V. Rev. Fr. Dr. Leslie D’Souza led the congregation in the blessing of the palms, symbolizing Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. With palms in hand, the faithful joined in a procession towards Our Lady of Health Church, echoing the ancient tradition of laying down palm branches to welcome Jesus. Assisting in the sacred rituals were co-celebrants Rev. Fr. Rolwyn Aranha, Rev. Fr. Ronson Pinto, and Rev. Fr. Jason Lobo, adding to the reverence of the occasion. The vibrant celebration served as a poignant reminder of Jesus’ humble yet triumphant entry into Jerusalem, setting the stage for the transformative events of Holy Week.

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