Palm Sunday

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Commemoration of the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem

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.

     
The Lord be with you

All:  and also with you.

 

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 your palm cross for blessing:

 

God our Saviour,
whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem
as Messiah to suffer and 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.

All: Amen.

 

The Palm Gospel

The Lord be with you

All: and also with you.

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Mathew 21 1-11.

All: Glory to you, O Lord.

 

At the end

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, O Christ.

 

The Procession

Let us go forth, praising Jesus our Messiah.

Hymn All Glory, Laud and Honour - King's College Cambridge - You Tube

All Glory, Laud, and Honor

All glory, laud, and honor
To thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.
Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David's royal Son,
Who in the Lord's name comest,
The King and Blessed One.


The company of angels
Are praising thee on high,
And mortal men and all things
Created make reply.
The people of the Hebrews
With palms before thee went;
Our praise and love and anthems
Before thee we present.

To thee, before thy passion,
They sang their hymns of praise;
To thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise.
Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the love we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King.

 

The Liturgy of the Passion

Collect

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

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.

All: Amen.

 

Reading Philippians 2. 5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
   did not regard equality with God
   as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
   taking the form of a slave,
   being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
   he humbled himself
   and became obedient to the point of death—
   even death on a cross.


Therefore God also highly exalted him
   and gave him the name
   that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
   every knee should bend,
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
   that Jesus Christ is Lord,
   to the glory of God the Father.

At the end, the reader says:

This is the word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

Gradual HymnRide On! Ride On! In Majesty - King's College Cambridge - YouTube

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Hark, all the tribes hosanna cry,
thy humble beast pursues his road
with palms and scattered garments strowed.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die,
O Christ thy triumph now begin
oer captive death and conquered sin.

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

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Thy 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 thy meek head to mortal pain,
then take, O God, thy power and reign.

Henry Milman (1791-1868)

 

The Passion Reading
with Intercessory Prayer

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Christ humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him
and given him the name that is above every name.

All: Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

 

Click here for  The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mathew 27.11-54

 

At the end

This is the Passion of the Lord.

No response is made.

 

Sermon

Reflection

“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”

Palm Sunday. A cheering crowd. A great parade.

I expect most of us have enjoyed watching, or have taken part in, a procession as it makes its way through the streets. On that first Palm Sunday, we can almost feel the excitement of the crowds and the enthusiasm of the disciples.

“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest”

But not everyone was cheering. Holy Week centres round a power struggle; the religious leaders of the day were determined to exercise their power. They arrested Jesus. They struck him; they spat on Him; Jesus was scourged and led out to die on the cross. His friends were terrified – their despair over-whelming. Yet amid the sorrow, fear and sense of abandonment, the Crucifixion is the moment when the liberation of humanity was achieved – when God's perfect love became visible and accessible to us.

“God and sinners reconciled”.

A world fragmented by the conflicts of many selfishnesses has been brought together by the selfless power of absolute love.

Our human world is one of chipped and damaged love, of unravelling relationships, of unreconciled differences, of unhappy memories and scarred hearts.

What Calvary does is to release us from the past, to bind up the wounds of love, to heal the injured heart and allow God’s forgiveness to recreate our lives. At the Cross we realize that God’s love has no limit, that His forgiveness opens up a new Creation.

At this time many are overcome by anxiety. They are remembered in our prayers – and in our telephone conversations with them, they know that we care.  During Holy Week let us call to mind that God’ love, seen in the Crucified Saviour, can never be overcome. Through the darkness, we look forward to the light and joy of Easter – new life, new hope, in and through Jesus.

Every Blessing,

Father Michael

 

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

 

The Peace

Once we were far off,
but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been
rought near through the shedding of Christ’s blood,
for he is our peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All: and also with you.

 

Offertory hymn - My Song Is Love Unknown - King's College Cambridge Choir - YouTube

My song is love unknown,
My Savior's love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O who am I,
That for my sake
My Lord should take
Frail flesh, and die?

He came from His blest throne
Salvation to bestow;
But men made strange, and none
The longed-for Christ would know:
But oh, my Friend,
My Friend indeed,
Who at my need
His life did spend.

Sometimes they strew His way,
And His sweet praises sing;
Resounding all the day
Hosannas to their King:
Then "Crucify!"
Is all their breath,
And for His death
They thirst and cry.

They rise and needs will have
My dear Lord made away;
A murderer they save,
The Prince of life they slay.
Yet cheerful He
To suffering goes,
That He His foes
From thence might free.

Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine;
Never was love, dear King,
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend,
In whose sweet praise
I all my days
Could gladly spend

 

Link to the Spiritual Communion

 

Prayer after Communion

The Post Communion prayer

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself in taking the for of a servant,
and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:
give us the mind to follow you
and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father.
All: Amen

 

Hynm And Can It Be - Songs of Praise - YouTube

And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

 

’Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love Divine!
’Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
’Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.

 

He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.
’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.

 

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

 

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness Divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

 

The Blessing

May the Father,
who so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
bring you by faith to his eternal life.

All: Amen.

 

May Christ,
who accepted the cup of sacrifice
in obedience to the Father’s will,
keep you steadfast as you walk with him the way of his cross.

All: Amen.

 

May the Spirit,
who strengthens us to suffer with Christ
that we may share his glory,
set your minds on life and peace.

All: Amen.

 

And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be with us and remain with us always.

All: Amen.

 


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