Sunday, April 5, 2015 HOLY WEEK
- Των Βαΐων. Palm Sunday.
- Orthros 8:45 am. Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
- 1st Bridegroom Service 7:00 pm. (5pm ‐ 7pm Confession)
On Palm Sunday, as an introduction to Holy Week, we celebrate the triumphant and glorious Entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. Shortly after the Resurrection of Lazarus, Christ and His Apostles proceeded to Jerusalem, as all the Hebrews did to Celebrate the Feast of Passover. The exciting news of the great miracle that Christ brought Lazarus back to life had reached Jerusalem before Him. Because of this a great multitude of people came out to meet Him. “And many spread their garments in the way; and others cut down branches off trees, and strewed them in the way, saying:” Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Mark 11, 8‐9). The distribution of palms to the faithful on Palm Sunday is a symbol of Christ’s victory over evil powers and our proclamation and acceptance of Christ as our Savior.
Palm Sunday Evening
On Palm Sunday evening we commemorate the blessed and noble Joseph, the son of Jacob, who was betrayed by his Brothers and sold into slavery. After much suffering as a prototype of Christ, there came triumph for him in Egypt. Our Church presents Joseph as an example so that we can overcome passions and sin as he overcame temptations because of his fear of God.
The Gospel reading tells us about the barren fig tree which was cursed and withered by the Lord, as a symbol of what will happen to those people who have no fruits of good works to show in their lives.
The evening begins with the hymn of the Bridegroom:
“Behold the bridegroom cometh in the midst of the night, and blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching; and again unworthy is he whom He shall find heedless. Beware, therefore, O my soul, lest thou be given up to death, and Lest thou be shut out from the Kingdom.”