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Bucharest, April 4 /Agerpres/ - A procession to mark the Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem (the Procession of Palms) is taking place in Bucharest on Saturday as of 16:00 hrs, at the same time with the parade that gathers thousands of Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem. In Bucharest, the procession will cover the distance between Radu Voda Monastery and the Patriarchal Cathedral, with two stops underway, in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Spiridon the New, and outside the Church of St. Catherine - University Chapel, where the procession will be welcomed by professors and students of the Faculty of Theology, who will join the pilgrims. Litanies and prayers will be recited at both stops.

Expected to attend are about 800 clergy from Bucharest and Ilfov County, including charity mission priests (who serve in hospitals and social assistance centres, cemeteries, military units, penitentiaries) and of course, a flurry of worshippers.

According to a release of the Press Office of the Archdiocese of Bucharest, the event will start at 14:30 with the celebration of Vespers in the church of the Radu Voda Monastery, followed by the consecration of the willow branches, a symbol of everlasting life.

At 16:00, the procession led by Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Bucharest Timotei Prahoveanul will set off towards the Patriarchal Cathedral.

The pilgrimage will culminate in the consecration of the great icon of the Feast of the Lord's Entry into Jerusalem, performed on the Patriarchate Hill and the sermon delivered by Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Daniel.

Traffic will be closed in the area until around 18:00 hrs.

Palm Sunday marks the start of the Holy Week, which precedes Easter, commemorating events in the last days of Jesus Christ's life. According to the Gospels, on this day Jesus rode into Jerusalem where the crowds gave him a hero's welcome during the Jewish Passover celebration. AGERPRES

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