|Ushané - Palm Sunday|
Source: The Entrance of Christ into the Jerusalem Temple depicted in a Syriac ms.
Observed the Sunday prior to Easter Day, Palm Sunday commemorates Christ's entrance to Jerusalem riding a colt (Mark 11). The service commences with a procession in the church with the clergy, dressed in their vestments, carrying olive and palm branches. Following the procession, a special service for the Blessing of the Branches is held. The following are excerpts from the hymns sung during the procession.
Excerpts from the Palm Sunday Procession Hymns
Qolo: Tubo Lyalude
Blessed are the children who were worthy to see Christ
Note: The "stripped" colt is a reference to the modesty of Christ, for he did not enter like a king on a decorated horse, and instead came on a barren colt.
Bocootho (Petition) of Mor Ya`qub
"Qadish – Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord," cried the infants;
Sing to Him, Sing to Him, Sing praises to the Son of God.
The Prophets before Him and the Apostles after Him;
Ma`de`dono: The Book of the Church Festivals (1984).
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