Sunday

The Opening Acclamation

Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

From Psalm 118

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; •

   his mercy endures for ever.

Let Israel now proclaim, •

   ‘His mercy endures for ever.’

Open to me the gates of righteousness, •

   that I may enter and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord; •

   the righteous shall enter through it.

I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me •

   and have become my salvation.

The stone which the builders rejected •

   has become the chief cornerstone.

 

This is the Lord’s doing, •

   and it is marvellous in our eyes.

This is the day that the Lord has made; •

   we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Come, O Lord, and save us we pray. •

   Come, Lord, send us now prosperity.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; •

   we bless you from the house of the Lord.

You are my God and I will thank you; •

   you are my God and I will exalt you.

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; •

   his mercy endures for ever.

 

Hymn

I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart;

I will enter His courts with praise.

I will say this is the day that the Lord has made.

I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

He has made me glad, He has made me glad,

I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

He has made me glad, He has made me glad,

I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

 

Introduction

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice

for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection.

Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration

in union with the Church throughout the world.

Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour,

to suffer, to die, and to rise again.

Let us go with him in faith and love,

so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.

 

Please hold up crosses, or palms or branches while this prayer is said:

 

God our Saviour,

whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah

to suffer and to die; let these palms be for us signs of his victory

and grant that we who bear them in his name

may ever hail him as our King,

and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The Collect

Let us pray for a closer union with Christ in his suffering and in his glory.

 

Silence is kept.

 

True and humble king,

hailed by the crowd as Messiah:

grant us the faith to know you and love you,

that we may be found beside you

on the way of the cross,

which is the path of glory.

Amen.

 

Reading from Zechariah

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!

   Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!

Lo, your king comes to you;

   triumphant and victorious is he,

humble and riding on a donkey,

   on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim

   and the warhorse from Jerusalem;

and the battle-bow shall be cut off,

   and he shall command peace to the nations;

his dominion shall be from sea to sea,

   and from the River to the ends of the earth.

 

As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,

   I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.

Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;

   today I declare that I will restore to you double.

 

Hymn

 

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
O Saviour meek, pursue your road
with palms and scattered garments strowed.

 

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die:
O Christ, your triumphs now begin
o'er captive death and conquered sin.

 

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
The winged squadrons of the sky
look down with sad and wond'ring eyes
to see th'approaching sacrifice.

 

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Your last and fiercest strife is nigh;
the Father on his sapphire throne
awaits his own anointed Son.

 

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
bow your meek head to mortal pain,
then take, O God, your pow'r and reign.

 

The Palm Gospel

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Glory to you, O Lord.

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

‘Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
   humble, and mounted on a donkey,
     and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Talk

 

Profession of Faith

Please join in as we share in a statement of our belief:

 

Let us affirm,

our common faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,

source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist?

I believe and trust in him.

 

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,

who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?

I believe and trust in him.

 

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,

who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world?

I believe and trust in him.

 

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith.

We believe and trust in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

Prayers

 

Hymn

All glory, laud, and honour 
to you, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 
You are the King of Israel 
and David's royal Son, 
now in the Lord's name coming, 
the King and Blessed One. 

 

The company of angels 
is praising you on high; 
and we with all creation 
in chorus make reply. 
The people of the Hebrews 
with palms before you went; 
our praise and prayer and anthems 
before you we present. 

 

To you before your passion 
they sang their hymns of praise; 
to you, now high exalted, 
our melody we raise. 
As you received their praises, 
accept the prayers we bring, 
for you delight in goodness, 
O good and gracious King! 

 

(Repeat the first verse)

 

The Final Blessing

 

 

 


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