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April 5, 2020 • Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
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Introduction

Preparation

Just Before You Begin

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Gather for the Procession

Greeting

Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
The response is: Blessed be God forever.

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We have been getting ready for five weeks of Lent
for this week's celebration.
Today we start this celebration,
together with the whole Church all over the world.
Christ came to his city to suffer, die, and rise again,
so we remember this entry and follow him.
Let us pray.

Leader: We now raise our branches high. Lord, make our faith stronger and listen to our prayers. Today we honor Christ our King by carrying these branches. May we honor you every day by living always in him, for he is Lord forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Gospel at the Procession

Reader 1: Jesus knew what would happen when he went to Jerusalem.
In this Gospel reading, Jesus is greeted eagerly by the crowds,
though in a few days many in the same crowd will deny him by shouting, “Crucify him, crucify him.”
A reading from the holy Gospel of Matthew.

Narrator: [1] Jesus and his disciples entered the walled city of Jerusalem.
Jesus said to two of his disciples:

Jesus: [2] Go ahead of us to the next village. There will be a young donkey there who has never been ridden.
Untie the donkey and bring it here.
[3] If anyone asks why you are doing that, tell them, “The Lord needs it.”

Narrator: [4] The two disciples went ahead of the others and found the donkey, just as Jesus said.
[5] Its owners asked:

Owner: [6] Why are you doing that?

First Disciple: The Lord needs it.

Narrator: [7] They untied it and took it to Jesus.

First Disciple: Here, Jesus, get on the donkey. There’s a crowd of people lining the entranceway into Jerusalem.

Narrator: [8] Jesus rode on the donkey while the disciples followed close by on the parade route.

Second Disciple: [9] Look at all the people who have come to greet Jesus!

First Onlooker: [10] Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Second Onlooker: [11] Hosanna! Praise God in heaven!

Third Onlooker: [12] Hosanna! Blessed is the Son of David! [13]

Narrator: [14] A Pharisee standing nearby was disgusted at what was taking place.

Pharisee: Jesus! Tell the crowd to be quiet.

Jesus: [15] Even if they were to be quiet, the rocks and stones would sing out!

Reader 1: [1] Jesus and his disciples entered the walled city of Jerusalem.
Jesus said to two of his disciples:
[2] "Go ahead of us to the next village. There will be a young donkey there who has never been ridden.
Untie the donkey and bring it here.
[3] If anyone asks why you are doing that, tell them, 'The Lord needs it.'"
[4] The two disciples went ahead of the others and [5] found the donkey, just as Jesus said.
[6] Its owners asked: "Why are you doing that?"
They answered, "The Lord needs it."
[7] They untied it, took it to Jesus, [8] and helped him get on.
[9] And as he rode along, the people spread clothes on the road in front of him.
[10] Jesus rode on the donkey while the disciples followed close by on the parade route. [11] The large crowd shouted,
"Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!"
[12] "Hosanna! Praise God in heaven!"
[13] "Hosanna! Blessed is the Son of David!"
[14] A Pharisee standing nearby was disgusted at what was taking place.
He said, "Jesus! Tell the crowd to be quiet."
[15] But Jesus answered, "Even if they were to be quiet, the rocks and stones would sing out!"

Reader 1: When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem
and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,
Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
“Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately you will find an ass tethered,
and a colt with her.
Untie them and bring them here to me.
And if anyone should say anything to you, reply,
‘The master has need of them.’
Then he will send them at once.”
This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet
might be fulfilled:
Say to daughter Zion,
“Behold, your king comes to you,
meek and riding on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them.
They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them,
and he sat upon them.
The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road,
while others cut branches from the trees
and strewed them on the road.
The crowds preceding him and those following
kept crying out and saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord;
hosanna in the highest.”
And when he entered Jerusalem
the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?”
And the crowds replied,
“This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Slideshow

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Gospel Illustration

Opening Song & Procession

Kyrie (Lord Have Mercy)

Leader: As we prepare to hear about God's love for us,
let us remember that the Lord always offers forgiveness,
for God is full of gentleness and compassion.
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray.

Leader: God of healing,
as we begin this Holy Week,
we ask that you help our family
and families all over the world
who are out of their normal routines.
We pray especially for those who are sick.
We ask that you bring healing and peace to them and their families.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Gospel

Reader 2: Soon after Jesus was cheered while entering Jerusalem,
he held his Last Supper with his disciples,
prayed in the garden,
and was arrested.
We will now hear what happened next.

Reader 2: We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of Matthew.

Reader 2: [1] Jesus was brought before Pilate the governor, who asked him, [2] “Are you the king of the Jews?” [3] “Those are your words!” Jesus answered.
[4] And when the chief priests and leaders brought their charges against him, he did not say a thing.
[5] Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear what crimes they say you have done?”
[6] But Jesus did not say anything, and the governor was greatly amazed.
[7] During Passover the governor always freed a prisoner chosen by the people.
At that time a well-known terrorist named Barabbas was in jail.
So when the crowd came together, Pilate asked them,
“Which prisoner do you want me to set free? Do you want Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?”
Pilate knew that the leaders had brought Jesus to him because they were jealous.
[8] While Pilate was judging the case, his wife sent him a message.
It said, “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man. I have had nightmares because of him.”
[9] The chief priests and the leaders convinced the crowds to ask for Barabbas to be set free and for Jesus to be killed.
[10] Pilate asked the crowd again, “Which of these two men do you want me to set free?”
[11] “Barabbas!” they replied. [12] Pilate asked them, “What am I to do with Jesus, who is called the Messiah?” They all yelled, “Crucify him!” Pilate answered, “But what crime has he done?” [13] “Nail him to a cross!” they yelled even louder. [14] Pilate set Barabbas free. Then he ordered his soldiers to beat Jesus with a whip and nail him to a cross. [15] They stripped off Jesus' clothes and put a scarlet robe on him.
They made a crown out of thorn branches and placed it on his head, and they put a stick in his right hand.
[16] The soldiers knelt down and pretended to worship him. They made fun of him and shouted, “Hey, you king of the Jews!”
Then they spit on him. They took the stick from him and beat him on the head with it.
[17] When the soldiers had finished making fun of Jesus, they took off the robe.
They put his own clothes back on him and led him off to be nailed to a cross.
[18] On the way they met a man from Cyrene named Simon, [19] and they forced him to carry Jesus' cross.
[20] The soldiers nailed Jesus to a cross and gambled to see who would get his clothes.
Then they sat down to guard him. [21] Above his head they put a sign that told why he was nailed there.
It read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”
The soldiers also nailed two criminals on crosses, one to the right of Jesus and the other to his left.
[22] People who passed by said terrible things about Jesus.
They shook their heads and shouted,
“So you’re the one who claimed you could tear down the temple and build it again in three days!
If you are God’s Son, save yourself and come down from the cross!”
[23] The chief priests, the leaders, and the teachers of the Law of Moses also made fun of Jesus. [24] At noon the sky turned dark and stayed that way until three o’clock.
Then about that time Jesus shouted, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you deserted me?”
[25] Once again Jesus shouted, and then he died.

Reader 2: Jesus stood before the governor, Pontius Pilate, who questioned him,
“Are you the king of the Jews?”
Jesus said, “You say so.”
And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders,
he made no answer.
Then Pilate said to him,
“Do you not hear how many things they are testifying against you?”
But he did not answer him one word,
so that the governor was greatly amazed.
Now on the occasion of the feast
the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd
one prisoner whom they wished.
And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.
So when they had assembled, Pilate said to them,
“Which one do you want me to release to you,
Barabbas, or Jesus called Christ?”
For he knew that it was out of envy
that they had handed him over.
While he was still seated on the bench,
his wife sent him a message,
“Have nothing to do with that righteous man.
I suffered much in a dream today because of him.”
The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds
to ask for Barabbas but to destroy Jesus.
The governor said to them in reply,
“Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”
They answered, "Barabbas!"
Pilate said to them,
“Then what shall I do with Jesus called Christ?”
They all said,
“Let him be crucified!”
But he said,
“Why? What evil has he done?”
They only shouted the louder,
“Let him be crucified!”
When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all,
but that a riot was breaking out instead,
he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd,
saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood.
Look to it yourselves.”
And the whole people said in reply,
“His blood be upon us and upon our children.”
Then he released Barabbas to them,
but after he had Jesus scourged,
he handed him over to be crucified.
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus inside the praetorium
and gathered the whole cohort around him.
They stripped off his clothes
and threw a scarlet military cloak about him.
Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head,
and a reed in his right hand.
And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying,
“Hail, King of the Jews!”
They spat upon him and took the reed
and kept striking him on the head.
And when they had mocked him,
they stripped him of the cloak,
dressed him in his own clothes,
and led him off to crucify him.
As they were going out, they met a Cyrenian named Simon;
this man they pressed into service
to carry his cross.
And when they came to a place called Golgotha
— which means Place of the Skull —,
they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall.
But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink.
After they had crucified him,
they divided his garments by casting lots;
then they sat down and kept watch over him there.
And they placed over his head the written charge against him:
This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.
Two revolutionaries were crucified with him,
one on his right and the other on his left.
Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying,
“You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,
save yourself, if you are the Son of God,
and come down from the cross!”
Likewise the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him and said,
“He saved others; he cannot save himself.
So he is the king of Israel!
Let him come down from the cross now,
and we will believe in him.
He trusted in God;
let him deliver him now if he wants him.
For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
The revolutionaries who were crucified with him
also kept abusing him in the same way.
From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon.
And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”
which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Some of the bystanders who heard it said,
“This one is calling for Elijah.”
Immediately one of them ran to get a sponge;
he soaked it in wine, and putting it on a reed,
gave it to him to drink.
But the rest said,
‘Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to save him.”
But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice,
and gave up his spirit.
And behold, the veil of the sanctuary
was torn in two from top to bottom.
The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened,
and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised.
And coming forth from their tombs after his resurrection,
they entered the holy city and appeared to many.
The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus
feared greatly when they saw the earthquake
and all that was happening, and they said,
“Truly, this was the Son of God!”

Reader 2: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Slideshow

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Gospel Illustration

Reflection on the Readings

Palm Sunday is different from every other Sunday of the year in that it has two readings from the Gospels: the first reading tells us about the joyful time when the people welcomed Jesus by waving palm branches, and the second reading tells us the long sad story about how Jesus suffered and died. Take some time to talk about what these two readings mean to each of you. Here are some thoughts and questions that can get the conversation started.

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 3: For all those who are seriously ill at this time,
that they may feel God's love and receive healing,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: For medical workers, police, government leaders,
and all those working hard to help others at this time,
may God give them strength and wisdom,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: That those who are lonely, scared, and confused at this time,
that they can feel God’s love for them,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

All: 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.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: May the Lord bless us
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.

All: Amen.

Leader: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

Closing Song

After the Service

Parent Reflection

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