“Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”.
Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week!
On April 24, 2016, with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, the parishioners of St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan started the Holy Week with the solemn celebrations of Palm Sunday.
Procession: The parishioners gathered around in the circle, where palms were blessed by Fr.Joseph Farooq who led the procession. The assembled orthodox worshipers joyfully chanted the Psalms holding the palm branches and proceeded towards the place of worship where Divine Liturgy was celebrated.
Divine Liturgy: With the blessings of God we had a Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy; it is a true joy for the faithful as they receive the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of Christ. Fr. Joseph Farooq preached the homily of St. John Chrysostom. (Ref: Homily XIV on Philippians IV.B#57, pp.246, 248,249). During the Divine Liturgy special prayers were offered for peace in suffering land of Pakistan and Middle East and other parts of the world, we also offered prayers for the health and many good years of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, for the Orthodox clergy and orthodox faithful all over the world.
Fr. Joseph Farooq said in his preaching to the faithful that it is the beauty of orthodox traditions to begin the spiritual preparation for Holy Pascha with Great Lent and 40 days of holy fasting, he further said that Russian Orthodox Church teaches us the practicality of forgiveness, repentance and our day to day spiritual journey with our Savior, the Risen Lord Jesus. Towards the end of the preaching Fr. Joseph Farooq humbly directed the faithful: “Prepare yourself and be strong in your faith as the evil forces of the world threatening the peace and bring huge damage to the humans.
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