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. Just as we have received your undeserved blessings, May we 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 only those things which are pleasing to you. Our prayer is cold, because our love is so feeble, but you are rich in mercy. Do not measure your goodness to them by the dullness of our devotion, but as your kindness surpasses all human affection, so let your hearing transcend our prayer. Do what is best for them, according to your will, that being ruled and protected by you always and everywhere, they may receive eternal life in the end; to you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and praise for ever and ever. Amen. Source: St. Anselm, eleventh century Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954. 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

Cross before Glory

Prayer Book Bible Reading Book Of Common Prayer

Almighty God,
your dear Son did not ascend to joy
until he first suffered pain,
and did not enter into glory
before he was crucified.
Mercifully grant that we,
walking in the way of the cross,
may find it as the true way
of life and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Freely modified from Book of Common Prayer, Palm Sunday liturgy.

Source of this version: Freely modified from http://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/catholic/comfort/in-the-way-of-the-cross.aspx