Great Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
The beginning of Holy Week and Spiritual Preparation for the Glorious Resurrection of Christ!
On April 01, 2018, with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, the congregation 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. The congregation of Pakistani Orthodox worshipers joyfully chanted the Psalms holding the palm branches and proceeded towards the place of worship where Divine Liturgy was celebrated. To mark Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem in the procession the Orthodox youth and children with full passion and enthusiasm chanted “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest”.
Divine Liturgy: With the blessings of God we had a Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy; it is a true blessing and joy for the faithful as they receive the Holy Communion. Fr. Joseph Farooq preached the homily of St. John Chrysostom. 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 faithful all over the world.
Fr. Joseph said in his sermon to the faithful that it is the beauty of Orthodox traditions to begin the spiritual preparation for Holy Pascha with Great Lent and forty days of 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.
“Blessed are we that have not seen, and yet have believed” Glory to Jesus! Holy Orthodoxy is growing day by day and number of persons from various backgrounds is becoming interested in the Orthodox Church.
Humble Request: St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan most humbly invites the generous donors and supporters to join us as a partner to reach out to the Christians of Pakistan and preaching and teaching the holy Orthodoxy in this part of the world.
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