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Branch Sunday

One of the medieval English names for Palm Sunday. The difficulty of procuring palms for that day's ceremonies led to the substitution of boughs of yew, willow, or other native trees. The Sunday was often designated by the names of these trees, as "Yew Sunday" or by the general term "Branch Sunday".

Sources

FEASY, "Ancient English Holy Week Ceremonial" (London, 1897), 53.sqq.; THURSTON, "Holy Week" (London, 1904), 225-229.

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APA citation. Peterson, J.B. (1907). Branch Sunday. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02738b.htm

MLA citation. Peterson, John Bertram. "Branch Sunday." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02738b.htm>.

Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by John Looby.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. 1907. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York.

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