Today, 4 April 2015, thousands of faithful and 750 priests participated in the traditional Palm Sunday pilgrimage unfolded in Bucharest.
Blessing of the willow branches and beginning of the pilgrimage
The pilgrimage began at Radu Voda Monastery, after the Vesper service celebrated at 14.30 hours in the church monastery of Bucharest founded by prince Radu. To end with, His Grace Timotei Prahoveanul, Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Bucharest blessed the willow branches saying the proper prayer at 16.00 hours.
On Palm Sunday, the 23rd of May/5th of April 2015, the Patriarchate commemorated the triumphant entry of our Lord Jesus Christ to Jerusalem, when the children of the Jews had welcomed him by spreading their coats in the road, shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
On Lazarus Saturday, the 22nd of March/4th of April 2015, the Patriarchate commemorated the raising of Lazarus, Christ’s friend from Bethany.
A. On Friday afternoon:
The event was commemorated on Friday afternoon on the Site of the Ascension of Christ on the Mount of Olives, being adjacent to Bethphage and Bethany, with Vespers performed on the ruins of the old Byzantine Church of the Ascension (now a mosque), after the outdoor Holy Altar had first been consecrated.
April 1, 2015 – The Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church met for a regular session in the Synodal Hall of the Kiev Laura of the Caves. It was chaired by His Beatitude Onufry, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.
On the eve of the session, Metropolitan Lazar of Simferopol and Crimea celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Laura’s church of the Conception of St Anna. After the liturgy, Metropolitan Onufry said the Prayer for the Dead at the grave of his predecessor on the See of Kiev, Metropolitan Vladimir (Sabodan) of eternal memory.
METROPOLITAN HILARION OF VOLOKOLAMSK VISITS KAZAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
On 28 March 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, rector of Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies, who had arrived in Kazan to take part in the celebrations marking the millennium of the demise of the Holy Prince Vladimir, celebrated the All-Night Vigil at a church of the Kazan Orthodox Theological Seminary. At the entrance to the Church of St John of Kronstadt, Metropolitan Hilarion was met by Hegumen Yevfimiy (Moiseyev), rector of the Theological school.
Concelebrating the All-Night Vigil with Metropolitan Hilarion were Metropolitan Anastasy of Kazan and Tatarstan, Bishop Mefody of Almetyevsk and Bugulma, Hegumen Evfimiy (Moiseyev), as well as the DECR staff members, Rev. Dimitry Safonov and deacon Alexander Karzan, and ordained members of the faculty of the Kazan Theological Seminary.
Parishioners of the Church of the Life-Giving Trinity located at the Pokrovsky Gate in Moscow have embroidered a cover for the tomb of St. David of Gareji and exhibited it on 26 March 2015. Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations attended the presentation with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.