Liturgy of the Palms


Almighty and everliving God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be make partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm: 118:19-29

  1. Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
          I will enter them;
          I will offer thanks to the LORD.
  2. "This is the gate of the LORD; *
          he who is righteous may enter."
  3. I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
          and have become my salvation.
  4. The same stone which the builders rejected *
          has become the chief cornerstone.
  5. This is the LORD'S doing, *
          and it is marvelous in our eyes.
  6. On this day the LORD has acted; *
          we will rejoice and be glad in it.
  7. Hosannah, LORD, hosannah! *
          LORD, send us now success.
  8. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
          we bless you from the house of the LORD.
  9. God is the LORD; he has shined upon us; *
          form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
  10. "You are my God, and I will thank you; *
          you are my God, and I will exalt you."
  11. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; *
          his mercy endures for ever.

Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away." This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
"Say to the Daughter of Zion,
'See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'"

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

"Hosanna to the Son of David!"

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"

"HosannaD in the highest!"

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?"

The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."

Collect & Psalm from the Book of Common Prayer
Other excerpts from the New International Bible

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