Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is one of the most important days within the ecclesiastical calendar of the Orthodox Church. This day celebrates the entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, and inevitably his entrance towards his Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection. A characteristic tradition of this day is the adornment of the Church with countless small crosses made by palm leaves. These are blessed and then given to the faithful, who then take them home and keep them as a blessing. According to other traditions, olive leaves are also used; this tradition is mainly to be found in Cyprus. Nevertheless, we maintain the palm leaves traditions, since they were used by the people of Jerusalem when Jesus entered the city. 

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