Catholics and Christians here in the city and around the world are celebrating the start of Holy Week with Palm Sunday.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan led the faithful in prayer at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Midtown while worshippers at Trinity Church celebrated with a procession down Broadway in Lower Manhattan.
They say it's a time for reflection and reaffirming their faith.
"The Holy Week is coming and I would like to be in a solemn meditation to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ," said one faithful marcher.
"A chance for a new beginning and reflection, you know, a thawing out both of the weather and what we hold inside," said another faithful marcher.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis presided over mass at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.
Palm Sunday is recognized as the day Christians believe Jesus arrived in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago where he was greeted by crowds waving palm leaves.
Faithful observe the day by holding palm fronds, leaves, and olive tree branches during mass.
Francis will preside over events throughout Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday, the holiest day of the Christian calendar.