Bucharest to host traditional Palm Sunday procession after two-year hiatus

On Saturday, April 16, 2022, on the eve of the great feast of the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem, the Romanian Patriarchate and the Archdiocese of Bucharest will organise the Palm Sunday procession in Bucharest, with the participation of hierarchs, priests, monks, nuns and lay believers from the capital and Ilfov county.

This religious and missionary event is organised with the support of the Basilica Media Centre of the Romanian Patriarchate.

The procession will start at Radu Voda Monastery (16:15) and will follow the following route:

Mărășești Boulevard, Dimitrie Cantemir Boulevard, Bibescu Vodă Street, Șerban Vodă Street (with a stop at St Spyridon Metropolitan Cathedral), Principatele Unite Street, Ienăchiță Văcărescu Street, St Ecaterina Street (with a stop at St Catherine church), Bibescu Vodă Street, Bucuriei Hill and will end at the Patriarchal Cathedral (around 5:45 p.m.), where pilgrims will be welcomed by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

Central moments of the procession:

  • 16:00 – the blessing of willow branches (palm branches) will be performed at Radu Voda Monastery. The blessed willow branches will be offered to the faithful present;
  • 16:15 – the procession departs from Radu Voda Monastery to the Patriarchal Cathedral;
  • 16:45 – the procession will be welcomed by the priests and faithful at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Spyridon;
  • 5:15 pm – the procession will be welcomed at St. Catherine’s Church by priests and students of the “Patriarch Justinian” Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest;
  • 17:45 – arrival at the Patriarchal Cathedral, where the pilgrims will be welcomed by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, who will bless the festal icon of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem. He will offer a prayer of blessing for the pilgrims and will address a word of teaching.

Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate

Photography courtesy of Basilica.ro / Raluca Ene

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