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The Entry into Jerusalem

All four Gospels describe Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem: “And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set Him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.’ And when He was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, ‘Who is this?’ And the multitude said, ‘This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee’” (Matthew 21:6–11).

Russian icons of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem were traditionally placed in the festival tier of the iconostasis. The iconography of the subject was formed in Byzantine art in the fourth, fifth and sixth centuries and did not undergo any subsequent changes. The scene depicts the triumphal procession headed by the Saviour, who rides on a donkey from the Mount of Olives in the direction of Jerusalem. His disciples follow in three distinct rows, their gazes repeating that of the Teacher, conveying their spiritual kinship and unity. The inhabitants of Jerusalem come out of the city in two groups to meet Christ, as described in the Bible.

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