PALM SUNDAY – April, Ապրիլ 9, 2017 – ԾԱՂԿԱԶԱՐԴ
Երիտասարդաց եւ Մանուկներու Օր
Սբ. Պատարագ, Եկեղեցւոյ Երիտասարդաց Միութեան Անդմներու օրհնութիւն, Մանուկներու Թափօր:
The last Sunday of Great Lent, the Palm Sunday during which our Lord Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry to Jerusalem, humbly riding on the foal of a donkey is celebrated. As Jesus rode into Jerusalem with his disciples and followers, people welcomed Him with palms, olive branches and cries of Hosanna (Glory to God!), (Matt. 21, Mark 11, Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-19).
In commemoration of Lord’s entry to Jerusalem the Church was decorated with palms and olive branches. Later the blessed olive and palm branches were distributed to the faithful.
On April 9, 2017, the Holy Trinity Armenian Church was filled with parishioners on this beautiful occasion. The Rev. Archpriest Zareh Zargarian, Vicar of the Armenian Church Diocese of Canada and the Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Armenian Church, celebrated the Divine Liturgy accompanied by Deacons, Sub Deacons, Acolytes and the Church Choir led by Mr. Shahe Altounian.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, which commemorates the events, that happened on the last days of Christ’s earthly life. The Holy Week concludes on Easter, when we celebrate the miraculous Recreation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The members of Armenian Church Youth Organization of Canada (Seniors and Juniors) participated in Sunday Mass and were blessed by Fr. Zargarian. During his sermon, Fr. Zargarian emphasised on importance of implementing faith in children so it will have everlasting positive impact in their lives. Then he appreciated everyone present at church for taking part in celebration.
The Sunday School students holding signs and beautiful messages about Palm Sunday started the procession followed by all children and their parents who were blessed by Fr. Zargarian.