David Harris

Palm Sunday in Jerusalem. A procession of pilgrims commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an act of remembrance that dates back to the fourth century A.D. The congregants follow a traditional route, starting at the Mount of Olives and ending in the courtyard of the Crusader Church of St. Anne; in this scene, they have just entered the Old City through the lions’ Gate, upper left. Carrying the traditional palm fronds, the worshippers will recall the familiar greeting addressed to Jesus, “Hosanna to the Son of David” (Matthew 21:9), probably with the understanding that “hosanna” means “praise” or “glory.” In this, however, they will be mistaken, as Marvin H. Pope shows in the accompanying article.