How do Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate Palm Sunday?

How many times have you heard the story of Holy Week? Five times? Ten times? Even more? Maybe you’ve heard something that you didn’t understand, but then, the next time you heard it, you did understand!

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Today is Palm Sunday, and we all remember what we celebrate today. We read about it in the Gospel too! We hear how Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, and we hear how the people laid palm branches on the ground for Him. We hear how Jesus sat on a donkey, and He rode into the city. We’ve heard this story so many times, haven’t we?

The Gospel also tells us what Jesus’s disciples, His friends, thought about the
whole scene too. It says, “His disciples did not understand this at first; but
when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written
of Him and had been done to Him.” The disciples didn’t understand why Jesus rode in on a donkey!

Lots of times, we might not understand things about God, but we can grow
closer to Him. Then we will understand it, just as Christ’s own disciples did.
This Holy Week, we can go to church many times, and we can hear these
same special stories again and again. When we listen to the words about God,
we grow closer to Him, and we understand more and more each year. And do
you know something? That is just what our Lord wants us to do!

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PALM SUNDAY: AROUND THE WORLD!

Do you have palm trees in your backyard? Probably not, but we will all still receive a beautiful palm cross after church today. Most of the palms in America have been shipped in from Florida. But did you know that Orthodox Christians in some countries celebrate this day without palms? In some places, palms are too hard to find. Let’s look at how our fellow Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate this special day!

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    Presvytera Alexandra Houck created The Children's Word bulletin so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family. She hopes the weekly bulletin will be just one more way we can make kids feel at home in church. Presvytera Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her husband, Fr. Jason Houck, is a priest at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Presvytera Alexandra and Fr. Jason have five small children: Lydia, Paul, Silas, Philip, and Sarah. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.


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Presvytera Alexandra Houck

Presvytera Alexandra Houck created The Children's Word bulletin so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family. She hopes the weekly bulletin will be just one more way we can make kids feel at home in church. Presvytera Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her husband, Fr. Jason Houck, is a priest at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Presvytera Alexandra and Fr. Jason have five small children: Lydia, Paul, Silas, Philip, and Sarah. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.

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