Catholic Christian faithful gathered to celebrate the Passion of Our Lord on Palm Sunday morning, April 9, at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. Palm Sunday marks the start of holy week in the church — see a full schedule of liturgies at the cathedral, including confessions on Good Friday and Easter Sunday Mass, here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
A greeter for the cathedral hands out palm before the start of the outdoor procession.
Julien Calabro is excited to receive palm for the first time as he attends the solemn Palm Sunday Mass with his parents, Amanda and Joseph, at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
From left, Father Dennis Gill, Msgr. Louis D’Addezio and Father Kenneth Brabazon carry beautifully woven palm on Palm Sunday, April 9.
Patti Conrad, from St. Paul Parish in Burlington, N.J., folds her palm into a cross.
Thurfier Adam Erdosy leads the congregation from the cathedral to Sister Cities Park across 18th Street for the opening of Mass.
Father Dennis Gill blesses palm in Sister Cities Park across from the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul during the solemn Mass on Palm Sunday, April 9.
Agnes Su holds and other faithful hold up their palm fronds to be blessed on Palm Sunday.
Maria Erdosy and her granddaughter Charolette hold their palms for blessing in Sister Cities Park across from the cathedral where Palm Sunday Mass began on April 9.
Father Dennis Gill incenses the altar at the cathedral on Palm Sunday, April 9.
Abby Cabrera holds her palm as she participates in the Gospel proclamation of the passion of Jesus at Palm Sunday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
Father Dennis Gill, rector of the cathedral, leads prayers during Mass.
Father Kenneth Brabazon
(left), Deacon Epifanio DeJesus (in pulpit) and Father Dennis Gill (not shown) proclaim the Gospel on Palm Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.