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Celebration of "Palm Sunday"

April 16 2006

A week before the celebration of the Easters, there is no less important day. In memory of the solemn Inlet Lord Jesus Christ in Jerusalem on the eve of His suffering on the cross, we celebrate the "Palm Sunday".

On Saturday, Jesus Christ performed a miracle of resurrection of St. Lazarus. Who lived with his sisters Mary and Martha in the village of Bethany, Lazarus had died four days before the arrival of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, the Saturday preceding Palm Sunday, called Lazarus Saturday.

In the resurrection of the Lord rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey. Ass untied near Jerusalem in the nearest village. The way lay through the Mount of Olives, which overlooks a beautiful view of Jerusalem. When entering the city are countless people came to meet Jesus. The news of the resurrection of Lazarus quickly sold out by word of mouth.

Under the cries of "Hosanna (salvation), Son of David! Blessed is he that cometh in the name of God, King of Israel! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! "People on the road to lay down their clothes, the branches of dates and palm trees.

In fact, the triumph is a harbinger of the suffering Savior. Total several days later encounter Christ people will yell at square ruler Pontius Pilate, "Crucify him! Crucify him ... "

According to the Orthodox church tradition on this day in the temples of believers, how would meet the Lord, stand in worship with sprigs of willow in his hands.

Verdant willow branch (substitute in Russia, palm trees and dates) are signs of victory over death and the symbol of Christ's resurrection. Just willow stands and a cross which the Lord has trampled upon death and given the believers life.

On the eve of the feast, the night vigil on Saturday, willow covered by sprinkling holy water, after reading a special prayer.

Next week after the Entrance of the Lord in Jerusalem, called Holy Week. This week we remember the past deeds of the Savior in his earthly life, His death on the cross and prepare for the joy of Easters.

The last days of Holy Week, the most significant. On Holy Thursday we remember the Communion of the Body and Blood of Christ. On this occasion, at every Divine Liturgy of Holy Communion should be the bread and wine. During the service, which is attended by all true believers read twelve passages that tell of the suffering and death on the cross of the Lord.

Good Friday - the most mournful day of the church year. On Friday on Mount Calvary was committed crucifixion and crucifixion of the Savior. Lord suffered on the cross, redeeming mankind by His sufferings from slavery to sin, in any mired humanity, Jesus died on the afternoon, with the associated ceremonial removal of the shroud from the altar in the middle of the church. Believers committed to following the removal of the shroud reverent worship.

Holy Saturday - a day of remembrance host body of our Lord Jesus Christ in the tomb. Being a body in the grave, His soul, the Lord descended into hell, where, awaiting the coming of the Savior of the world, languishing souls of all deceased people since the creation of the world, even the souls of the righteous. On this day, the Lord of hell wasted souls of the righteous, freeing them by force of their sufferings. On this auspicious day is a wonderful annual fire of the Holy Fire in the cave of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Holy Resurrection Church. On receipt of benevolent fire a huge concourse of the faithful transmits it to each other. Holy Saturday - this time, prepare to meet Easters. Morning is consecrated Easter cakes, eggs and pasoh. On coming home the holy believers break one's fast food.

Васильева Камилла

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