Morning Prayer Adapted for Palm Sunday

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

During Lent we have been preparing for the celebration of our Lord’s paschal mystery. On this day our Lord Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph. The people welcomed him with palms and shouts of praise, but the path before him led to self-giving, suffering, and death. Today we greet him as our King, although we know his crown is thorns and his throne a cross. We follow him this week from the glory of the palms to the glory of the resurrection by way of the dark road of suffering and death. United with him in his suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life.

Loving God, we now pray.
Assist us mercifully with your help, Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy into the celebration of those mighty acts whereby you give us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Proclamation of the Word

A reading from the Book of the prophet Isaiah. (50:4-9a)
The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens – wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.
The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

Let us all hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

Psalm 100
This is a psalm of thanksgiving in which all lands are summoned to praise God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For theLordis good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

A reading from the Letter to the 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.

Let us all hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew. (21:1-11)
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.” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees 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.”

Let us all hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

Palm Sunday Procession

Let us give our thanks and praise to the Lord our God for it is indeed right to do so.

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.
The Hebrews acclaimed Jesus as Messiah and King, with palm branches in their hands, crying, “Hosanna in the highest.”

May we also, carrying these emblems, go forth to meet Christ 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 forever. Amen.

Let us go forth in peace and in the name of Christ. Amen.

You may wish to walk around your home and either read or sing the processional hymn, pausing at the appointed time to say the processional Collect.

Processional Collect

Loving God, we now pray.
Almighty God, whose Son was crucified yet entered into glory, may we, walking in the way of the cross, find it is for us the way of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Processional Hymn: Ride On, Ride on in Majesty Ride on! ride on in majesty! Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;

O Saviour meek, pursue thy road with palms and scattered garments strowed.

Ride on! ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die;
O Christ, thy triumphs now begin o’er captive death and conquered sin.

Ride on! ride on in majesty! The angel-squadrons of the sky
look down with sad and wondering 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 expects 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.

A silence for reflection may follow.

Affirmation of Faith: Hear, O Israel

Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
This is the first and the great commandment.
The second is like it: love your neighbour as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.

The Litany for Lent

With confidence and trust let us pray to the Lord.

For our bishops Andrew, Riscylla, Jenny, Peter and Kevin, for our clergy and members of our faith community here at St. Peter’s and for the one holy catholic and apostolic Church throughout the world; loving God we pray. Lord, have mercy.

For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the gospel to the ends of the earth; loving God we pray. Lord, have mercy.

For those preparing for baptism and for their teachers and sponsors; loving God we pray. Lord, have mercy.

For peace in the world, that a spirit of respect and reconciliation may grow among nations and peoples; loving God we pray. Lord, have mercy.

For our world amid the Covid 19 pandemic, especially all who, in so many ways both large and small, public and private, seen and unseen, are working for the well-being of others; for those whose names we mention now; and especially for those who grieve; for the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, loving God we pray. Lord, have mercy.

For all whom we have injured or offended, loving God we pray. Lord, have mercy.

For grace to amend our lives and to further the reign of God, loving God we pray. Lord, have mercy.

The Collect of the Day

Loving God, we now pray.
Almighty and ever-living God, in tender love for all the human race you sent your Son our saviour Jesus Christ to take our flesh and suffer death upon a cruel cross. May we follow the example of his great humility, and share in the glory of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As Jesus has taught us, so we pray.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

The Dismissal

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.