Palm Sunday: Procession with Palms

The service begins in the back of the church.

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Dear friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing for the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration with the church throughout the world. Christ entered Jerusalem this day in triumph, a triumph that led through suffering and death to resurrection and new life. In faith and love may we follow our Messiah, this humble ruler, who comes riding on a donkey.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

Let us pray.
O Jesus, Son of God, you took on yourself our nature and went forward to suffer death on the cross for us. By your Passion you have set us free from eternal death. Preserve us in your grace; for you and live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

If Palm Sunday is observed as Passion Sunday, the Palm Sunday Gospel is read here.

The Holy Gospel according to St. _____, the _____ chapter.

A Matthew 21:1-11   B Mark 11:1-10    C Luke 19:28-40

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to you, O Christ.

Let us go forth in peace,
In the name of the Lord.

‘All Glory, Laud, and Honor’ or another Palm Sunday hymn is sung. Children, choirs and others may process to the altar carrying palm branches.

1 All glory, laud, and honor 
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. 

2 All glory, laud, and honor 
to you, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 
The company of angels 
is praising you on high; 
and we with all creation 
in chorus make reply. 

3 All glory, laud, and honor 
to you, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 
The people of the Hebrews 
with palms before you went; 
our praise and prayer and anthems 
before you we present. 

4 All glory, laud, and honor 
to you, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 
To you before your passion 
they sang their hymns of praise; 
to you, now high exalted, 
our melody we raise. 

5 All glory, laud, and honor 
to you, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 
As you received their praises, 
accept the prayers we bring, 
O Source of every blessing, 
our good and gracious King! 

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

The service continues with the Prayer (Collect) of the Day and the Lessons.

Narrative paragraph is modified from liturgy.co.nz.

Prayer: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, by Charles W. Hale.

Hymn: All Glory, Laud, and Honor is from Hymnary.org, modified.

See also http://www.oremus.org/liturgy/lhwe/ps.html
and: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Sunday

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Good Friday Prayer

matthiasgrunewald_thecrucifixion2Today, O good Jesus,
for us you did not hide your face from shame and spitting.

Today, Jesus our Redeemer,
for us you were mocked, abused by unbelievers, and crowned with thorns.

Today, O good Shepherd,
you laid down your life on the Cross for the sheep,
and were crucified with robbers,
and had your sacred hands nailed through.

Today you were laid in the guarded tomb,
and the saints burst open their tombs.

Today, O good Jesus, put an end to our sins,
that on the day of your resurrection
we may joyfully receive your holy body,
and be refreshed with your sacred blood.
Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Sacramentary

Source of this version: Modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages Light from a Thousand Years ed. by J. Manning Potts, Public Domain.

Good Friday Prayer

O God, Son of God,
you suffered for us,
the righteous for the unrighteous.
Save us by the shame of your Passion,
and clothe us with the robe of your righteousness.
Through the suffering and death you did not deserve,
we have escaped the punishment our sins have deserved.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 25 #1

“the righteous for the unrighteous” is a reference to 1 Peter 3:18

“robe of righteousness” is a reference to  Job 29:14Isaiah 61:10Galatians 3:27

“Through the suffering and death you did not deserve…” may be a reference to  Isaiah 53:5

A Prayer for Love

O blessed Lord,
you have commanded us to love one another,
grant us grace that having received your undeserved blessings,
we may love everyone in you and for you.

We ask your kindness for all;
but especially for the friends
whom your love has given to us.
Love them, O fountain of love,
and move them to love you
with all their heart,
that they may will,
and speak,
and do those things
only which are pleasing to you.

Source: Anselm of Canterbury, d. 1109

Source of this version: Modified from http://spirituality.org/is/055/page09.asp

Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

Variant:

O blessed Lord, who hast commanded us to love one another, grant us grace that having received thine undeserved bounty, we may love everyone in thee and for thee. We implore thy clemency for all; but especially for the friends whom thy love has given to us. Love thou them, O thou fountain of love, and make them to love thee with all their heart, that they may will, and speak, and do those things only which are pleasing to thee.

For Love

Coptic[1]

O God of love,
giver of concord,
through your only Son
you have given us a new commandment
that we should love one another
even as you have loved us,
the unworthy and the wandering,
and gave your beloved Son for our life and salvation.
Lord, in our time of life on earth
give us a mind forgetful of past ill-will,
a pure conscience and sincere thoughts,
and hearts to love one another;
for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Coptic Liturgy of St. Cyril

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

“love one another as you have loved us” is a reference to John 15:12

“and you gave your beloved Son” is a reference to John 3:16 and Matthew 3:17

A Holy Week Prayer

O God, Son of God,
you took on yourself our nature
and suffered death on the cross for us.
By your Passion you have set us free from eternal death.
Preserve us in your grace;
through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, ed. Rev. Chas. R. Halle, New York, 1881, p. 24 #3

“you took on yourself our nature” is a reference to  Philippians 2:7

“and suffered death on the cross for us” is a reference to  Philippians 2:8

Meditations for the Days of Holy Week

These short meditations may be used as personal devotions, school devotions, or devotions at the beginnings of church meetings.

Monday of Holy Week

VERSES AND PRAYER

All of us like sheep have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way,
but the LORD has laid on him the guilt of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

Almighty God, we fail in so many adversities because of our weakness. Restore us by the Passion and intercession of your only Son; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

LESSON: Matthew 22:41-46

On Monday of Holy Week, Jesus taught in the Temple courts and was challenged by his enemies.

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question: 42 “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The Son of David.” 43 He said to them, “Then how can David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’?”  45 “So if David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” 46 No one was able to answer him a word, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions. (EHV)

PRAYER

O God, Son of God, you took on yourself our nature and suffered death on the cross for us. By your Passion you have set us free from eternal death. Preserve us in your grace; through your mercy, O our God, you are blessed, and live and govern all things, now and forever.
Amen.

BLESSING

The LORD is good to all. His compassion extends over all he has made. (Psalm 145:9)
Amen.

Tuesday of Holy Week

VERSES AND PRAYER

he was pierced because of our rebellious deeds. He was crushed because of our guilt.
The punishment to bring us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

Almighty and eternal God, grant that we may celebrate the mysteries of our Lord’s Passion and find there the pardon of our sin; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

LESSON: Matthew 24:36-51

On Tuesday of Holy Week, Jesus taught in the Temple courts and instructed his disciples about faithfulness.

36 “No one knows when that day and hour will be, not the angels of heaven, not even the Son, but only the Father. 37 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be when the Son of Man returns. 38 In fact, in the days before the flood people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the very day that Noah entered the ark. 39 And they did not realize what was coming until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man returns. 40 “At that time two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 So be alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But understand this: If the master of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 You also need to be ready for this reason: The Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect him. 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master finds doing this when he returns. 47 Amen I tell you: He will put him in charge of all that he has. 48 But if that servant is wicked and says in his heart, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will return on a day when he does not expect it and at an hour he does not know. 51 The master will cut him in two and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (EHV)

PRAYER

O God, Son of God, you took on yourself our nature and suffered death on the cross for us. By your Passion you have set us free from eternal death. Preserve us in your grace; through your mercy, O our God, you are blessed, and live and govern all things, now and forever.
Amen.

BLESSING

May your mercy, O Lord, be on us, even as we wait confidently for you. (Psalm 33:22)
Amen.

Wednesday of Holy Week

VERSES AND PRAYER

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth.
Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent in the presence of her shearers, so he did not open his mouth.  (Isaiah 53:7)

Almighty God, we are continually afflicted by our evil deeds. Free us by the Passion of your only Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

LESSON: Matthew 26:1-16

On Wednesday of Holy Week, Jesus may have rested. Matthew gives us a flashback to Jesus being anointed at Bethany and Judas beginning his plot.

When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days it will be the Passover, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas. They plotted together how to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the Festival, or else there might be a riot among the people.” When Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman approached him holding an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume. She poured it on his head as he was reclining at the table. But when his disciples saw this, they were upset and said, “Why this waste? This perfume could have been sold for a lot of money and given to the poor.” 10 Jesus was aware of this and said to them, “Why are you causing trouble for this woman? She has done a beautiful thing for me. 11 You are always going to have the poor with you, but you are not always going to have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Amen I tell you: Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her.” 14 Then one of the Twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From that time on Judas was looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.  (EHV)

PRAYER

O God, Son of God, you took on yourself our nature and suffered death on the cross for us. By your Passion you have set us free from eternal death. Preserve us in your grace; through your mercy, O our God, you are blessed, and live and govern all things, now and forever.
Amen.

BLESSING

Blessed be God, who has not turned aside our prayer or turned aside his mercy from us! (Psalm 66:20)
Amen.

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These meditations are downloadable as a pdf here.

All Scripture is taken or modified from The Holy Bible: Evangelical Heritage Version.

The opening prayers are the Historic Collects for the days of Holy Week, freely modified from The Lutheran Hymnal.

The closing prayer is a Mozarabic Collect for Holy Week.