This Sunday, Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most solemn week of the church year, culminating in the Day of Resurrection. The passion gospel will be read at all services – Saturday at 5:30 and Sunday at 8:00 and 10:00 AM. Parts will be played by parishioners, as well as the congregation.
We begin each liturgy with the blessing of the palms and the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Collect for Palm Sunday
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.
From Gospel for Palm Sunday
When Jesus and his disciples 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 fulfill 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.” (from Matthew 21)