Palm Sunday

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'''Palm Sunday''', also called the '''Triumphal Entry''', is one of the [[Great Feasts]] of the [[Orthodox Church]], celebrated on the [[Sunday]] before [[Pascha]].
 
'''Palm Sunday''', also called the '''Triumphal Entry''', is one of the [[Great Feasts]] of the [[Orthodox Church]], celebrated on the [[Sunday]] before [[Pascha]].
  
A mere few days before His [[crucifixion]], [[Jesus Christ]] was received by adoring throngs at his entry into Jerusalem on the back of young donkey.  The crowds threw palm branches in his path in jubilation, and even the children shouted praises to Him.  The Orthodox celebrate this day with joy, but with the realization that very sad events are soon to come.  Among the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox]], pussy willow branches are substituted in the celebration of this event, owing to the lack of availability of palm trees in Slavic climes.
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A mere few days before His [[crucifixion]], [[Jesus Christ]] was received by adoring throngs at his entry into Jerusalem on the back of young donkey.  The crowds threw palm branches (a symbol of victory) in his path in jubilation, and even the children shouted praises to Him.   
  
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==Biblical references==
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*[[Gospel of Matthew|Matthew]] 21:1-11
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*[[Gospel of Mark|Mark]] 11:1-11
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*[[Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 19:28-44
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*[[Gospel of John|John]] 12:12-19
  
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==Traditions==
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The Orthodox celebrate this day with joy, but with the realization that very sad events are soon to come.  Orthodox peoples who live in areas without palms, including the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox]], use pussy willow branches rather than palms in the celebration of this event.
  
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==External Links==
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*[http://www.antiochian.org/1105560017 Palm Sunday] article from the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]]
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*[http://www.holy-trinity.org/general/customs.html Palm Sunday to Pascha: Orthodox Customs] from the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral ([[Orthodox Church in America|OCA]])
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*[http://www.byzantines.net/feasts/lent/palmsunday.htm Palm Sunday According to the Byzantine Rite Tradition] ([[Byzantine Catholic]])
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Revision as of 15:04, February 10, 2005

The Triumphal Entry

Palm Sunday, also called the Triumphal Entry, is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on the Sunday before Pascha.

A mere few days before His crucifixion, Jesus Christ was received by adoring throngs at his entry into Jerusalem on the back of young donkey. The crowds threw palm branches (a symbol of victory) in his path in jubilation, and even the children shouted praises to Him.

Biblical references

Traditions

The Orthodox celebrate this day with joy, but with the realization that very sad events are soon to come. Orthodox peoples who live in areas without palms, including the Russian Orthodox, use pussy willow branches rather than palms in the celebration of this event.

External Links


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