The craft of creating a palm Sunday cross from a palm frond is a tradition that has been around for many years. Folding your palm into a cross is a way to express the Easter story, remember the importance of palm Sunday, and to remind children that Jesus came into the town walking over the palms laid down by the people, but one week later died on a cross.
How to Make a Palm Sunday Palm Cross
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and is the feast which commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey as he is hailed as the Messiah. Many church services include a procession of the assembled worshipers carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem, before distributing the palms to the people.
When Mass is finished, parishioners take the palms home and hang them over crucifixes or holy pictures, sometimes shaping the palms into a palm Sunday cross before hanging them (see below), to preserve the palms to be burned the following year as the source of ashes used in Ash Wednesday services.
Learn how to create this palm Sunday cross craft for your home, your children, or your Sunday school class at Sunday School Network.