The Sunday next before Easter, commonly called Palm Sunday

 (13 April 2014, 29 March 2015)

The Collects:
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of your tender love towards mankind, has sent your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hates nothing that you have made and forgives the sins of all them that are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Readings…
before the Procession:
Matthew 21:1-11
during the Procession of Palms: Psalm 118:19-29
during the regular part of the worship: Zechariah 9:9-12; Psalm 73:21-28; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 27:1-54

As our Lenten pilgrimage with Christ nears its end, we arrive at Jerusalem rejoicing with him in the procession of palms remembering his triumphal entry in the city, as prophesied by Zechariah.  But the celebration quickly and abruptly ends as we hear from the Gospel of Jesus’ arrest, conviction, crucifixion, and death.  We are taught, however, in the Collect and in the Epistle reading, that Jesus’ great humiliation even unto death was the path to eternal life and glory, and that we can and must follow in that same path.  Thus we can make Psalm 73 our own prayer, confessing our treatment of Jesus to be brutal and ignorant at first, but finally, as we trust and believe in him, it is good for us to be near him.

About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about liturgy & spiritual formation, theology & biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!
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