Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week
“Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”
This is wonderful feast day make us distinctive from other denominations with the beauty of holy traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church as we follow the historic Julian calendar.
On April 21, 2019, 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 and Blessing of the Palm Branches: The parishioners gathered around in the circle, where palms were blessed by Fr.Joseph Farooq who led the procession. The Pakistani orthodox worshipers joyfully chanted the Psalms and the Troparion to the feast of Palm Sunday 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, the Body and Blood of Christ. 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 blessed 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.
Sermon: Fr. Joseph preached the homily told the faithful that it is the beauty of orthodox traditions to begin the spiritual preparation for Holy Pascha with Great Lent and 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. In his preaching Father Joseph Farooq also shared about the importance of Lazarus Saturday in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Raising of Lazarus and the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem has strong connection.
Towards the end of the preaching Fr. Joseph 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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Funds are distributed from the ROCOR Fund For Assistance and directly distributed to the mission