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4th April 2020

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 04 April 2020

¶    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 your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All   Amen


A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah

(Is 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?


Ps 31: 9-16


9 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;

    my eye wastes away from grief,

    my soul and body also.

10 For my life is spent with sorrow,

    and my years with sighing;

my strength fails because of my misery,

    and my bones waste away.

11 I am the scorn of all my adversaries,

    a horror to my neighbours,

an object of dread to my acquaintances;

    those who see me in the street flee from me.

12 I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;

    I have become like a broken vessel.

13 For I hear the whispering of many—

    terror all around!—

as they scheme together against me,

    as they plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O Lord;

    I say, “You are my God.”

15 My times are in your hand;

    deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

16 Let your face shine upon your servant;

    save me in your steadfast love


A reading from the letter to the Philippians

(Phil 2: 5-11)


5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

6 who, though he was in the form of God,

    did not regard equality with God

    as something to be exploited,

7 but emptied himself,

    taking the form of a slave,

    being born in human likeness.

And being found in human form,

8     he humbled himself

    and became obedient to the point of death—

    even death on a cross.

9 Therefore God also highly exalted him

    and gave him the name

    that is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus

    every knee should bend,

    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue should confess

    that Jesus Christ is Lord,

    to the glory of God the Father.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to St Matthew

(Matthew 21: 1-11)


21 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 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. 3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” 4 This took place to fulfil 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.”

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 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!”

10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”


(This is the shorter “Palm Gospel.”  The long Passiontide reading is Matthew 26:14- 27:66)


The Post Communion prayer

Lord Jesus Christ,

you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,

and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:

give us the mind to follow you

and to proclaim you as Lord and King,

to the glory of God the Father.

All   Amen