Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday are most important days in the lives of all Christians. On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey as kings often did, and was greeted by hundreds of people waving palm fronds and dropping their garments on the ground to make a royal passage. By Friday he would be crucified by many of those same people.
Good Friday is a somber day -- the day Jesus Christ was crucified. We were in Salzburg one year on Good Friday. It was a cold, cloudy, dreary day. Usually church bells ring out daily in Salzburg, echoing lovely chimes across the city but today, Good Friday, the bells were silent. Silent too on Saturday.
Then on Easter Sunday morning, we were awakened to the sound of hundreds of church bells pealing throughout the valley, sounding on and on and on: He Is Risen!!! People greeted each other joyously, not with the usual "Guten Morgan," but with the words, "He is Risen!!"
Two celebrations: one of a battle that led to freedom (see Part I) and one of a Man who died giving all men freedom as they choose to follow Him.