Russian Orthodox Christians Celebrate Palm Sunday (photo report)

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April 29, 2013

On April 28, Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Palm Sunday.

© RIA Novosti. Yevgeny Yepanchintsev

© RIA Novosti. Yevgeny Yepanchintsev

Palm Sunday, when, according to the Gospels, Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem on a donkey, is marked one week before Easter.

© RIA Novosti. Alexei Furman

© RIA Novosti. Alexei Furman

Believers flock to churches on that day to have their branches of willows blessed by priests.

© RIA Novosti. Alexander Kryazhev

© RIA Novosti. Alexander Kryazhev

Willows are used instead of palms to celebrate the feast in Russia.

© RIA Novosti. Yevgeny Yepanchintsev

© RIA Novosti. Yevgeny Yepanchintsev

Therefore, the holiday is widely known in Russia as Willow Sunday.

© RIA Novosti. Yevgeny Yepanchintsev

© RIA Novosti. Yevgeny Yepanchintsev

Willow branches are consecrated during the divine service on Saturday night.

© RIA Novosti. Alexander Kryazhev

© RIA Novosti. Alexander Kryazhev

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, held a divine liturgy in downtown Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral on Palm Sunday.

© RIA Novosti. Sergei Kuznetsov

© RIA Novosti. Sergei Kuznetsov

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, held a divine liturgy in downtown Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral on Palm Sunday.

© RIA Novosti. Sergei Kuznetsov

© RIA Novosti. Sergei Kuznetsov

Woman selling willow branches near the Alexander Nevsky Catherdal in Novosibirsk.

© RIA Novosti. Alexander Kryazhev

© RIA Novosti. Alexander Kryazhev

Russia will mark Easter this year on May 5 in line with the Julian calendar.

© RIA Novosti. Alexei Furman

© RIA Novosti. Alexei Furman

Source: RIAN

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