Palm Sunday in art

This Sunday is the sixth Sunday of Lent, and the last before Holy Week begins. It’s traditionally called Palm Sunday and recalls Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem — the place of his crucifixion — on the back of a donkey.

It’s an evocative story, especially for those of us who work out our faith in the centre of the city. Street parades abound here, celebrating all sorts of things. Parades signal the beginning of Moomba and herald the ‘heroes’ of the Melbourne Cup, the AFL Grand Final and the Grand Prix. But this one … this one set long ago is so full of awkward contradiction given the violent and tragic events that follow.

I confess that as a preacher, it’s a story I struggle with. I’ve always thought it wiser to leave it to the poets and artists.

Here are some artworks that tell the story differently.

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