Those who have read the pre-Pacelli texts for Palm Sunday will have noticed that olive branches feature just as much as palm branches. This is hardly surprising. The Lord rode in from ‘Mount Olivet’; in the Greek to oros ton elaion (S Augustine proposed translating this as ‘the Mount of Chrism’). So when we are told that the crowd cut (ekopton) branches from the trees, we might well conclude that

Praise the Lord

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