Palm Sunday

THE LITURGY OF PALM SUNDAY can be viewed here

 

            Music may be played

¶             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 Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

and also with you.

cf 1 Timothy 1.2

Introduction

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.

 

The people hold up their palms while this prayer is said by the president
God our Saviour,
whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and to 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 lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The Palm Gospel

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.                                                         Mark 11:1-11

Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

                   Praise to you, O Christ.

The Collect

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

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

 

¶            The Liturgy of the Word

 

Reading

Philippians 2.5-11

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.

                   Thanks be to God.

 

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The Passion Reading

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.

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

 

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

Mark 14.1-15.47

The Passion Narrative is lengthy.  If you need to sit during the reading, please do so

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

                   Praise to you, O Christ.

Prayers of Intercession

We stand with Christ in his suffering.

For forgiveness for the many times we have denied Jesus,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For grace to seek out those habits of sin which mean spiritual death,  and by prayer and self-discipline to overcome them,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For Christian people, that through the suffering of disunity there may grow a rich union in Christ,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who make laws, interpret them, and administer them, that our common life may be ordered in justice and mercy,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who still make Jerusalem a battleground,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who have the courage and honesty
to work openly for justice and peace,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those in the darkness and agony of isolation,
that they may find support and encouragement,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who, weighed down with hardship,
failure, or sorrow, feel that God is far from them,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who are tempted to give up the way of the cross,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

That we, with those who have died in faith, may find mercy in the day of Christ,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.

¶             The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

Once we were far off, but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near     through the shedding of Christ’s blood, for he is our peace.                                     cf Ephesians 2.13

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

 

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Taking of the Bread and Wine

Jesus, true vine and bread of life,
ever giving yourself that the world might live,
let us share your death and passion:
make us perfect in your love.
Amen.

 

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you

                   and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

                   We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                   It is right to give thanks and praise.

The president praises God for his mighty acts and all respond

                   Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
[Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.]

The president recalls the Last Supper,
Great is the mystery of faith:

                   Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

The Prayer continues and leads into the doxology, to which all respond boldly

                   Amen.

 

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Standing at the foot of the cross, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

                   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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Breaking of the Bread

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,

                   we proclaim the Lord’s death
until he comes.

 

Giving of Communion

Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

                   Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

 

The president says, ‘The body of Christ’, all who intend to receive respond ‘Amen’.

Please sanitise your hands before coming forward to receive

The host is placed into the hands of each communicant in silence

Step away from the celebrant, remove face covering, consume, re-cover face.

We return to our seats via the Lady Chapel

 

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Prayer after Communion

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself in taking the form 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.

Amen.

Faithful God,
may we who share this banquet
glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
our salvation, life and hope,
who reigns as Lord now and for ever. Amen.

 

¶       The Dismissal

 

Blessing

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

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

And the blessing…

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

 

            Music may be played

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Post Communion (Palm Sunday) ©  1984 General Synod of the Church of Ireland

Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  The Archbishops’ Council 2000

Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  The Archbishops’ Council 2002

Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  The Archbishops’ Council 2006

Collect (Palm Sunday) ©  The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)