On April 25, 2021, on the feast day of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem, a festive divine service was held in the Tithes Monastery of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.
The Liturgy was led by the abbot of the monastery, His Grace Gideon, Bishop Makarovsky, who was concelebrated by the monastery brethren in the priesthood.
At the end of the service, the blessing of the fronds was performed.
All four evangelists narrate about the Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem a few days before His Passion on the Cross. When, after the miraculous resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus Christ, six days before Easter, gathered to go to Jerusalem to celebrate it, many of the people followed Jesus with joyful feeling, ready to accompany Him with solemnity, with which they accompanied kings in ancient times in the East. The chief priests of the Jews, indignant at Jesus because He aroused extraordinary veneration among the people, decided to kill Him, as well as Lazarus, "because for his sake many of the Jews came and believed in Jesus."
But something unexpected happened for them: “The multitude of people who came to the feast, having heard that Jesus was going to Jerusalem, took palm branches, went out to meet Him and exclaimed:“ Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord, King of Israel! " Many laid down their clothes, cut branches from the palms and threw them along the road, the children saluted the Messiah. Having believed in a powerful and good Teacher, the people with a simple heart were ready to recognize in Him the King, who had come to set him free.
Further, the evangelists narrate: “Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it, as it is written:“ Fear not, daughter of Zion! behold, thy King is coming, sitting on a young donkey. " And Jesus went into the temple of God, and drove out all those who sold and bought in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those who sold doves. And he said to them: it is written: "My house will be called the house of prayer," and you made it a den of robbers. " All the people listened with admiration to the teachings of the Lord. Then the blind and the lame came to Jesus, whom He healed. Then, leaving Jerusalem, He returned to Bethany.
The Feast of the Entry into Jerusalem from the use of frond (palm branches and pussy willows) on this day is also called the Week of Vai and Palm Resurrection.
The Church recalls this solemn Entry into Jerusalem on the last resurrection of Great Lent and sings. (Kontakion, voice 6):
"On the throne to heaven, on the lot on earth, Christ God, you accepted the praise of the angels and the chanting of children, calling for Ti: blessed art thou, come calling for Adam."
During Matins, those present are distributed green branches with candles in memory of the fact that they met the Lord with palm branches in their hands.
Today is a solemn and bright day, temporarily overcoming the concentrated sorrowful mood of Great Lent and anticipating the joy of Holy Easter. In the feast of the Lord's Entry into Jerusalem, the glory of Christ is brightly lit up as Almighty God, and as the King, the son of David, the Lord, welcomed by the chosen people of God. On this day, the Church recalls that the Jews who came to the Passover feast greeted Jesus as the Messiah, as a prophet, as a great miracle worker, for they knew that He had not long before resurrected the four-day Lazarus. Adults and children sang and rejoiced, put their clothes under the feet of the donkey on which He was riding, and greeted Him with green branches and flowers. From the custom of using fronds (date palm branches) on this holiday, it is called the Week "Vai", "Flowers", "Tsvetnoyu". In our country, this holiday is called "Palm Sunday", since the fronds are replaced by the willow, because earlier than other trees it shows signs of life awakening after a long winter. Standing with these branches and lighted candles is a memory of the solemn Entry of the King of Glory to free suffering. Those praying seem to meet the invisibly coming Lord and greet Him as the conqueror of hell and death.
On Sunday evening, liturgical texts testify to the onset of the Passionate, or Great, week. Starting from Vespers of the week of Vai, all the songs of the Lenten Triodion lead us in the footsteps of the Lord, coming to a free death