By CBN News.
Christians celebrated Palm Sunday yesterday kicking off Easter week events around the world.
In Jerusalem, thousands of Christian pilgrims retraced the steps of Jesus.
Many waved palm branches just as the first followers of Jesus did to celebrate the coming of the Messiah as he entered the holy city, just before his arrest and crucifixion by the Romans.
This week, as Christians remember the suffering of Christ, believers in Bethlehem are also remembering their suffering brothers and sisters facing persecution throughout the Middle East at this time.
“Unfortunately, these days we are celebrating Palm Sunday and Easter while the whole Middle East is suffering – the children, the people of Iraq, of Gaza, even Yemen,” Bethlehem resident Anthony Habash said.
“So we pray in this Palm Sunday, we pray that God gives us the strength, gives the people, gives the children the joy to overcome all these sufferings, and all these horrible days that we are witnessing,” he said.