Readings and Prayers for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

The Collect:  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 our Lord. All: Amen

The Epistle is written in the 5th verse of St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians

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.

Hear the Gospel of Our Lord according to St Luke: (Luke 19:29-40)

When Jesus had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So those who were sent departed and found it as He had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As He rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As He was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.  All: Praise to you O Christ.

 

Prayers of Intercession

 As we recall Jesus entering Jerusalem let us gather our thoughts to pray:

Gracious God, as we remember this day how Jesus entered Jerusalem to cries of celebration, help us to welcome Him afresh into our own hearts and lives. Just as the crowds welcomed Jesus and sang Your praises, we pray that through our discipleship and determination in mission many more will welcome you into their hearts and lives. We pray for opportunities to spread your good news and for the courage to take them.

Lord in Your mercy

Abba Father, we recall the donkey Jesus rode on, and we pray for that real humility in our hearts which treats status and image casually, and truth and loving service seriously. Help us to put aside the need for personal gain

Lord in Your mercy

Gracious Lord, the people sang and shouted Your praise and yet their shouts were so quickly turned to jeers and taunts. We pray for forgiveness for our fickle nature. We pray for all who turn against each other, and in so doing, turn against you. We pray for all who seek to harm other people and those who are subject to that harm. We remember all places in this broken world where people live in fear of their lives, through acts of terrorism, war, oppression, and famine, let alone the Covid pandemic.

Help us to do all we can to alleviate pain and suffering where we find it. We continue to pray and give thanks for the work of Friends of the Holy Land and the struggling families they are supporting. We pray especially for family those who live in Bethlehem, locked behind a wall, particularly George and Shireen Safar and their children.  Lord in Your mercy

Healing Lord, the crowds responded to the healing love they had seen in action. They brought their sick into your presence to be made well again. We bring before you now those who we know to be in need of healing ………and those we hold on our hearts…….may they know your comfort and reassurance, wholeness and hope.

Lord in Your mercy

Heavenly Father, Jesus knew he was riding to His death. We pray for all those earthly lives will end today and we commend into Your love and safekeeping all who have died before and especially those whose anniversaries fall at this time.

Lord in Your mercy

We thank you Lord Jesus for coming to make us whole, to mend our lives, to restore the broken but most of all that through your suffering and dying you opened the way to forgiveness and eternal life.

Lord in Your mercy

Abba Father, may this day lead us to a deeper understanding of your kingdom, a greater awareness of your love, a clearer sense of your purpose, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Merciful Father: Accept these prayers for the sake of Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen