1000 Songs/When we were buried with you in baptism (Vespers of Palm Sunday, apolytikion)

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When we were buried with you in baptism (Vespers of Palm Sunday)

1000 Songs

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O Christ God, when we were buried with Thee in Baptism, we became deserving of Thy Resurrection to immortal life. Wherefore, we praise Thee, crying: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

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The Palm Sunday apolytikion was originally sung in the mixolydian octave species (Tone 4) known as the octoechos.

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An apolytikion is a dismissal hymn which closes Vespers. It is a troparion, a hymn of a single stanza, used in early Byzantine music.

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Jesus' triumphal entry is recorded in all four of the canonical Gospels. The celebration of Palm Sunday in the Eastern church is considered one of the twelve Great Feasts of the liturgical year.

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Traditionally, Palm Sunday is the celebration of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem following his raising of Lazarus from the dead. It is considered the beginning of Holy Week and occurs a week before the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha.