Κυριακή, 24 Απριλίου 2016

Burundi: The Entrance of Our Lord Into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)

Innocentios Byakatonda













Philippians 4:4- 9 (Epistle)
John 12:1-18 (Gospel)
Troparion:
O Christ our God, before Your Passion, You raised Lazarus from the dead to confirm the common Resurrection for all. Therefore, we carry the symbols of victory as did the youths, and we cry out to You, the victor over death, “Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”

In spirit, let us with branches and with cleansed souls faithfully praise Christ, as did the youths. Let us raise our voices aloud and cry out to the Master, “Blessed are You, O Savior, who came into the world to save Adam from the Ancient curse. For it pleased You, O Loving One, to spiritually become a new Adam – O Logos, who provide all things in our best interest, glory to You.”
O Lord, by raising Lazarus from the tomb after four days, You taught all to cry out to You, with palms and branches, “Blessed is He who comes.”
Let all people and all nations unite in praise, for the King of Angels has now sat upon a foal, and comes in power, wanting to destroy His enemies on the Cross. Accordingly, the children, holding palms, sing out this hymn, “Glory to You who come as Victor. Glory to You, Christ the Savior. Glory to our God who alone is blessed.”
Today, the grace of the Holy Spirit has gathered us together, and we all take up Your Cross and declare “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the Highest.”

In Heaven He is seated upon a Throne and on earth He rides upon a foal. O Christ our God, accept the praise of the Angels and the hymn of the children who cry out to You, “Blessed are You who come to recall Adam.”
The celebration of Christ’s Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem has a very direct correlation to Christ raising Lazarus from the dead. By now, word had spread through most of Jerusalem concerning what Christ had done in Bethany and how He raised Lazarus from the dead.
As you can imagine people were shocked and amazed. Many who had heard Christ preach and believed in Him as Lord came to worship Him. Others, who had heard of His healings and teachings came to see both Jesus and Lazarus with their own eyes – so they too can believe.
We read in the Gospel of John (12.14) how it is that Christ finds Himself riding on a young donkey and understand how it is to fulfill what was written In the scriptures. (Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt). The people’s response was one of spontaneity and reverence. The crowd saw Jesus coming and looking around them picked up palms and branches, some carried them in their arms and waved them, while others placed them on the road He was taking into Jerusalem. Still others spread out their garments while all shouted “Hosanna! Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!”
Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem is a messianic event, through which His Divine authority is declared. The events of Palm Sunday call each of us to lift up our voices and praise God; and behold our King, the Word of God made flesh. Palm Sunday summons us to accept both the rule and the Kingdom of God as the goal and content of our Christian life.
We are all called to be active participants in this celebration. We are not simply commemorating an event which took place in the past – rather, we are called to open our hearts and our souls and joyfully welcome and praise God shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
With the blessing and spiritual guidance of our Pope and Patriarch Theodoros II we the Priests and orthodox faithful wish everyone a blessed Holy Week and a Happy Easter

From the office desk of Orhodox diocese of Burundi and Rwanda


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