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I have realized that this confinement can serve to improve so this is my day one of line drawings, let’s see what happens, there is no specific topic just create based on a word

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[Day 1/8] The Triumphant Entry

Mark 11:1-11 (NLT)

11 As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2 “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it and will return it soon.’”

4 The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside the front door. 5 As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6 They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it. 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it.


Jesus led his disciples in ordering the preparation from his entry into Jerusalem (v. 1-7), and more afterwards. However, the crowd and even his disciples did not understand what Jesus was doing. His trumphant entry was for salvation of the entire world, rather than about simple restoration of Jerusalem at that point. From the beginning of this world, people failed to understand what God wanted even while “walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” (Genesis 3:8)  As we draw closer to God, we need to listen carefully to Him to know His passion toward us, and waiting paitently for his unraveling His plan and messages to a greater degree. We seek the riches of knowing Him this week.

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GK Chesterton - of ‘Father Brown’ fame - writes of the humble beast

When fishes flew and forests walked
  And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
  Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
  And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
  On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
  Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
  I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
  One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
  And palms before my feet.

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The world experiences a turbulent time. Amidst all the uncertainty, people lose loved ones, jobs, security, all sense of control.

I’ll let you in on a secret. We were never in control. We just lost the illusion that we had any to begin with. On this day you’ll probably hear a lot of people talk about new life, be it spring and the changing of the seasons, or a particular figure from the Christian faith. Yes, I’m here to talk to you about that. About Jesus Christ, whom is the only source of true security in this crisis and out. I’m here to tell you that nothing, absolutely nothing that we can do as human beings can reach God, can appease Him. We are but sinful beings who have revolted against our creator. And yet. There is hope! Jesus came to earth as a man, sinless and blameless, and fulfilled the will of the Father to die on the cross and rise three days later to fulfill our debt. His death was necessary because there is no other way to salvation, because the only thing other than Christ that can pay the penance of our sins is our own death and eternal separation from God. I would implore you, if you haven’t, to really dwell on what this day means, and what it can mean to you if you repent of your sins and turn to Him and fully and wholly trust Him with your life. It’s the most important choice you could ever make in your life, and believe me, it’s a hard one. But the assurance of security in this life and the next is like no other.

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It may surprise you to find out that today it’s not Easter in Romania for a majority of the country, if you haven’t read about religious practices in this part of the world. Romania is a majoritarily Christian Orthodox country, and as a consequence, Easter in Romania is more often than not celebrated on other dates than Catholic Easter (but sometimes they do overlap).

Today, Orthodox Christian Romanians celebrated Palm Sunday (Duminica Floriilor or Floriile), the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, but also the name day (onomastica) of persons that are named Florin, Florina, other forms of these names and all names related to flowers.

One day before Palm Sunday, willow branches that started sprouting buds are gathered and taken to churches to be blessed. After they are blessed, they are taken to homes and put above windows, doors, wells, and religious icons, and are kept over the year. There are different traditions connected to the willow branches, depending on the region, but this is the basic principle of them.

It is said that if you wish for something while you participate to the Holy Communion, your wish will become true faster than usual.

One important thing is the fact that on this day, Romanians take care of the graves of their loved ones, by tradition. The graves will be cleaned and sprinkled with holy water and the headstones will be decorated with blessed willow branches and flowers. Alms are also given, in the form of doughnuts and pies.

As other holidays, Palm Sunday in Romania comes with some restrictions: you may not wash your head, argue with anyone or do work in your home. Laundry and sewing are also prohibited, if you are religious and follow traditions.

With that, if you have any questions, things that are not clear or suggestions, by all means, ask and suggest away. I am always open to feedback. Otherwise, Florii fericite, and if you just celebrated Easter, Paște fericit!

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‘Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”’

Today’s saints:

St. Basil the Confessor, Bishop of Parium (8th c.).

Hieromartyr Zeno, Bishop of Verona (ca. 260).

Ven. Isaac the Syrian, Abbot of Spoleto (550).

Monastic Martyrs Menas, David, and John, of Palestine (7th c.).

Venerable Anthusa of Constantinople (801).

Ven. Athanasia, Abbess, of Aegina (860).

Ven. Acacius the Younger, of Kavsokalyvia (Mt. Athos—1730).

~ Pray for us!

(Source: OCA)

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