PALM SUNDAY PROCESSION FROM BETHPHAGE TO THE LIONS’ GATE
On Saturday afternoon, 11/24 April 2021, the procession of Palm Sunday was held in commemoration of the triumphant entry of the Lord in Jerusalem, when the children of the Hebrews welcomed Him crying out loud: “Hosanna to the Son of David, blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord”.
H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem blessed the palm tree branches at the Holy Monastery of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives and appointed His Eminence Philoumenos of Pella to lead the Procession. Approximately 200 people participated in the procession due to covid-19 restrictions, and followed the route from Bethphage to the Monastery of the Ascension and downhill to Gethsemane, at the changing of the Apollytikion of Lazarus. The procession concluded at the Monastery of Saint Anna by the Lion’s Gate.