Jubilant Atmosphere During Palm Sunday Within the Western Prelacy

Palm Sunday was celebrated with great pomp on Sunday, March 28, 2021, within the Western Prelacy. H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan, Prelate, celebrated Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy at Holy Martyrs Church complex in Encino. Also, by the invitation of the Prelate, various Archbishops celebrated Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy and delivered their messages within the Prelacy and created a unique festive atmosphere inside the Prelacy churches. (H.E. Archbishop Yeprem Tabakian celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Mary’s Church of Glendale, H.E. Archbishop Gomidas Ohanian celebrated Divine Liturgy at Holy Cross Cathedral in Montebello, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian celebrated Divine Liturgy at St. Garabed Church of Hollywood and H.E. Archbishop Krikor Chiftjian celebrated Divine Liturgy at St. Sarkis Church of Pasadena.)

Addressing the faithful gathered in the Holy Martyrs Church complex, the Prelate urged those present to open their hearts before the Lord, so that He might triumphantly enter into every home and bless each family. He also reminded that despite the difficulties in our lives, during Palm Sunday, we are invited to sing the glory of Christ’s victory, by saying; “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hossana in the highest.”

At the end of the Divine Liturgy, a Palm Sunday procession took place, during which children and people were blessed with the Holy Cross. Also, Antasdan was performed, through which the four corners of the world were blessed under protection of God. Thereafter, the “Opening of the Door” ceremony was held, with which the festive atmosphere reached its zenith.


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