Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday 1956 I was baptized a Roman Catholic at the age of ten. I received my "First Holy Communion" on Holy Thursday of that same week. Fr. Charles Cremona baptized both me and my sister.  That year it was 25 March, but I selected to celebrate Palm Sunday as my anniversary because of the closeness of Holy Thursday.  It was only when I moved to Baltimore that I realized that 25 March is also Greek Independence Day.

We traditionally have at the end of the Liturgy a procession of children carrying palms.  I think that both the children and the adults enjoy it.

Although I was baptized on Greek Independence Day, I do not celebrate my baptism on that day.  But today I do celebrate Greek Independence Day when I can.  As a military veteran I understand very well our freedom.  Today I frequently thank men and women in uniform for protecting our freedom.  In some countries I would be jailed for wearing the Roman collar. 
 

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