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Palm Sunday, what does it mean?

March 31 2007

Verba - a symbol of rapid growth, health and vitality. Palm Sunday - a special day in the Orthodox culture.

After the morning service on that day in the temple consecrated willow take home. In the old twigs were stored for a year for the icon. It is believed that the tree has an amazing power: guarding against thieves and the elements. In broth willows bathed the kids, to grow up strong and healthy. On Palm Sunday of Lent allowed relief: you can eat fish and drink wine for the sake of Easter Week.

According to the Bible, in this day Jesus Christ on a colt - a symbol of gentleness and peacefulness - triumphantly rode into Jerusalem. The gathered people hailed him as Messiah, Cpasitelya designed to fix the world, to make it balance and well-being. They waved palm branches, spreading out before him his clothes and sang: "Hosanna (save) the son of David! Blessed in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! "

The Gospel narrative of the recognition of Christ the Messiah on the last Sunday before Easter in a Russian popular consciousness interwoven with the ancient pagan beliefs about the symbol of awakening of spring - pussy willow. In the Orthodox tradition, willow is identified with the palm branches that Jesus welcomed the people of Jerusalem, and was considered a symbol of his victory. On Saturday before Palm Sunday willow branch brought into the church, where they consecrated clergymen. Understanding of willow as a symbol of victory of Jesus was particularly spectacular in the solemn medieval processions, imitated entrance into Jerusalem.

Lighting willow can be several days before the holiday.


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