Service for The Sunday of the Passion, April 5th, 2020

Artwork by Mike Van

The Liturgy of the Palms Live

Use the link that was emailed to you yesterday to join the Live Liturgy of the Palms at 10:30.

The Liturgy of the Palms

Presider: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.

People: Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.

Presider: Let us pray. Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Matthew

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 brig 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 fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, you king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The disciples when and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and sat on the. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the tress 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”.

Presider: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Presider: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who spread their garments and branches of palm along the way. Let these branches be for us a sign 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 lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Presider: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

People: Hosanna in the highest.

Presider: Let us go forth in peace.

People: In the name of Christ. Amen.

Psalm 118:19-29

Antiphon: Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

19Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
  I will enter them;
  I will offer thanks to the Lord.
20“This is the gate of the Lord; *
  he who is righteous may enter.”
21I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
  and have become my salvation.
22The same stone which the builders rejected *
  has become the chief cornerstone.
23This is the Lord’s doing, *
  and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24On this day the Lord has acted; *
  we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25Hosannah, Lord, hosannah! *
  Lord, send us now success.
26Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
  we bless you from the house of the Lord.
27God is the Lord; he has shined upon us; *
  form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
28“You are my God, and I will thank you; *
  you are my God, and I will exalt you.”
29Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
  his mercy endures for ever.

We will conclude with an opportunity to sing along with All Glory, Laud and Honor.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Lesson: Isaiah 50:4-9a

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Psalm 136:1-11

The Second Lesson: The Passion of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Matthew

The Sermon 

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The Prayers of the People

Jesus stretched out his arms of love and embraced human suffering, drawing the peoples of the world into his wounded heart, that they might share in his resurrection. With great devotion and gratitude we lift our voices in prayer, responding, “Christ, have mercy.”

For Christians throughout the world who are being imprisoned and persecuted for their belief in Christ, that faith may be their shield, courage a mantle upon their shoulders, and love a lantern to their footsteps; Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

That we may pass over from weapons of war to the armaments of peace: food, education, meaningful work, security, water, and health care; Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

For the Archbishop of Canterbury; our Presiding Bishop; Bishop of our diocese; and our priest, and our deacon that through their words and presence we may be guided faithfully through our Holy Week pilgrimage; Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

That we may confess the sovereignty of Christ, sharing his unique expression of love, and inviting the un-churched to join in the Paschal Feast; Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

That we may prepare ourselves to welcome into the community of faith those who will be baptized this Easter season, and to support and affirm those who will be confirmed, received, or who will reaffirm their faith; Lord, have mercy.Christ, have mercy.

For those who have departed this life in the fellowship of Jesus and his apostles, that they may reside in his eternal presence; Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy upon us who humbly put our trust in you, as we continue our prayers and supplications.

The people are invited to add their prayers, petitions and thanksgivings. Let us pray. Christ, have mercy.

Let us join together in a prayer for this time of transition:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

The Solemn Prayer over the People

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing. Amen.

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for ever. Amen.

May God who has brought us out of bondage into sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance. Amen. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

Virtual Coffee Hour

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