Palm Sunday

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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 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 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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