PALM SUNDAY

30 03 2021

MARCH 28, 2021

Saturday, March 27 –  4:00 PM – Blessing of Palms & Willow Branches  

Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil 

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, March 28 – 8:30 AM –  PALM SUNDAY 

    Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil

                                                   Helen Youells – Vera Hubick 

Tuesday, March 30 – 4:00 PM – Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts – Confessions

Wednesday, March 31 – 6:30- Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts – NANTICOKE

Anointing 

Thursday, April 1 HOLY THURSDAY

 3:00 PM Matins of the Passion of Our Lord 

Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels

Friday, April 2 Good Friday 

 1:00 PM Vespers – Procession – Entombment of Jesus Christ

Saturday, April 3 HOLY SATURDAY 

6:00 PM             Resurrection Matins / Procession / Easter Divine Liturgy

                           Blessing of Artos – Myrovania – Anointing with Holy Oil

Blessing Easter Foods / Baskets

Sunday, April 4 EASTER SUNDAY – EASTER DIVINE LITURGY

           11:30 AM             Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania

Blessing Easter Foods / Baskets

Transfiguration of Our Lord

Holy Thursday – 6:30PM – Good Friday – 5:30PM – Easter Sunday – 7:00 AM – Resurrection Matins, Divine Liturgy

SATURDAY OF LAZARUS

Saturday before Palm Sunday

Jesus Christ wrought many miracles during His lifetime abut none was so rich in its effects as the resurrection of Lazarus.

This miracle marks the apex of Christ’s self-revelation.  The magnitude of this miracle and the publicity attending it were the immediate causes of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

May this great and wonderful miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus strengthen also our faith in the divinity of Christ and in our own personal resurrection. That same Christ, who raised the four-day Lazarus from the dead, in His own time, will raise us also to a life of eternal happiness. He Himself assured us of this when He said: “I am the Resurrection and Life. Whoever believes in me, even though he dies, shall live!”

PALM SUNDAY

The festival of the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem is one of the oldest feast days in the Eastern Church.  In our liturgical books this day is called, “Sunday of the Palms”, “Flower or Blossom Sunday”, “Flower or Blossom-bearing Sunday”. Our people call this Sunday the “Sunday of Pussy-Willows or Willow Sunday. All these names are associated with the custom of blessing and distributing palm on that day in church. Because no palm or olive trees grow in our country, we have a venerable custom of using willow branches, a tree that is the first to blossom in the spring.

The spiritual meaning of Palm Sunday

 The Jews wanted to see their messiah in power and glory.  According, Jesus Christ, by raising Lazarus from the dead and by His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, gave them clear proof of His power and glory. When He entered Jerusalem, all the city was thrown into commotion saying: “Who is this?” But the crowds kept on saying: “This is Jesus the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.’”  

The honor given to Christ lasted for only a brief moment, for His betrayal by Judas, His rejection by the people, His condemnation by the Jewish leaders, His passion, the way of the cross and crucifixion followed in quick succession. These very same people who, on Sunday cried out, “Hosanna”, within a few days would be crying out: “Crucify Him.”

Palm Sunday teaches us the instability of worldly glory and the vanity of earthly happiness. Joy and sadness here on earth are two inseparable sisters. Therefore, if we wish one day to have a share in the triumph of Christ in heaven, we must first undergo a Passion Week and a Golgotha with Him here on earth. Only then, will we be able, like Him, to enter into everlasting triumph, joy and resurrection.

Blessing of Pussy Willows and Palms

The blessing of pussy willows and palms comes during the matins (morning prayer), the proper time for blessing of the pussy willows and palms if there is no matins is at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy so that the people may hold them during the entrance of our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during the Small and Great Entrances and during the reading of the Gospel, The Good News of Jesus Christ!

SS PETER AND PAUL

UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

PLYMOUTH, PA

PALM SUNDAY 

MARCH 28, 2021

CHRIST’S TRIUMPHANT

ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM.

The sixth Sunday of Lent is called Palm Sunday because it commemorates the triumphal entry of Our Lord Jesus into Jerusalem. The people having assembled in Jerusalem for the Pasch and went out to meet Jesus, greeting Him with palms.


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