Commemoration of Our Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem
When the CM sees that the Ministers are ready at the Front Door (or upon an agreed signal) s/he says:
CM Dear friends in Christ, since the beginning of Lent we have been preparing for the celebration of our Lord’s Death and Resurrection – the Paschal Mystery.
Jesus entered in triumph into his own city, Jerusalem, to complete his work:
to suffer, to die, and to rise again.
Today we come together to celebrate this mystery of life through death
in union with the whole church throughout the world.
Please Stand and face the Front Door.
The Presider greets the Assembly
The grace of God,
so rich in mercy and boundless in compassion,
be with you all.
The gospel account of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem is now proclaimed: A, B or C
Blessing of people with PALMS
After the Gospel, the Presider may give a very brief explanation.
He then invokes God’s blessing on all those holding palms.
Let us pray.
increase the faith of those who place their hope in you.
We carry these palms today in honor of Christ –
the triumphant King who rules our lives.
May we follow in his footsteps
so that united with him in his suffering on the cross,
we may share in his glorious resurrection;
for he is Lord forever and ever. AMEN.
The Presider now invites the people to join in the procession in these of similar words.
Like the people of Jerusalem, let us acclaim Jesus as our King.
The Presider and ministers sprinkle the people as they process to the Sanctuary.
(Meanwhile, suitable songs are sung.)
Part #2 – Liturgy of the Word and the Eucharist
The Presider kisses the Altar, goes to the Chair and prays:
as we enter this Holy Week,
let the same mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus.
Empty us of our pride and selfishness;
draw us close to his cross,
that as we celebrate his passion and resurrection,
our lives may become models of self-sacrificing love.
We ask this through Christ, our liberator from sin,
who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.
P As we begin Holy Week we place all our needs before our heavenly Father and ask him to deepen our faith so that the passion and death of his Son may make a deeper impact on our lives.
CM And our response is: Have mercy on your people, Lord.
- May our church and civil leaders follow the example of Christ who came, not to be served but to serve and give his life for the good of the people. We pray:
- May those who are broken encounter Jesus who continued, alone and in pain, on the road to suffering and death. We pray:
- May those who continue to crucify Christ in their brothers and sisters through their corruption, cruelty, their refusal to stand by the truth – follow the example of the repentant thief who asked to be remembered by Christ. We pray:
- May those who administer our justice system strive harder to ensure that in all cases the truth is told and justice is done. We pray:
P Father, help us to follow Christ, your obedient servant, along the road to Calvary so that we may share in his Easter victory. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus the Lord. AMEN.
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord, look upon the face of Christ, your Son,
who loved us and sacrificed himself for us,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
your name may be great among the nations
and one sacrifice of love and obedience be offered to your glory.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. AMEN.
Suggested Preface for Passion Sunday is # P 19
Optional Eucharistic Acclamation [In coordination with the Power Pointer and Organist]
A If recited –
Jesus humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death on a cross.
God exalted him so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend
and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord.
B If sung –
He is Lord, He is Lord,
He is risen from the dead and he is Lord.
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess,
that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Intro to the Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray in the name and in the words of Jesus,
who became obedient even unto death on a cross:
Deliver us, Lord, from sin
and from every other evil.
In your mercy,
give hope to those who feel abandoned
and to those straining under the weight of their crosses.
Lead us all forward in faith
toward the final coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Peace
Lord, Jesus Christ,
you looked with love on the holy city of Jerusalem,
and with tears in your eyes you said,
“If only you had recognized the things that make for peace!”
Look with pity on our world, torn asunder by war and strife,
and grant that all of God’s children
may live in hope for peace in your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.
Sign of Peace
Jesus has made our peace with God by his sacrifice on the cross.
Let us now share that peace with one another
Invitation to Communion
A This is Jesus, the Son of David, the Lamb of God.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
and blessed are those who are called to share in his supper.
B Behold the Servant of God,
obedient unto death on a cross,
exalted as the Lord of glory.
Blessed are those invited to the banquet he has prepared for us.
Prayer after Communion
in this Eucharist
your Son Jesus has given himself to us
as he gave himself totally on the cross.
May we learn how to humble ourselves,
and in obedience to your will
take up our cross,
give ourselves totally to him,
and confess that he is Christ the Lord
for ever and ever. AMEN.
Jesus was despised; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
May you live no longer for yourselves but for him who died and was raised to life for us. AMEN.
By his dying on a cross Christ destroyed death for ever.
May he give you everlasting life. AMEN.
Jesus humbled himself for our sakes and was exalted on high.
May you follow his example and share in his resurrection. AMEN.
May Jesus, the redeemer of all peoples,
by whose stripes we are healed,
by whose death we have life,
keep you mindful of his boundless love.
So may you carry your own cross
for the sake of his name. AMEN.
We have acclaimed Jesus as the Son of David
in his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Let us follow him on the way to Calvary and to glory
by our self-sacrificing love for others.
NO Recessional today!