Palm Sunday

The Cross
At Church and at Home

On Sunday, Dean will celebrate the Eucharist of Palm Sunday. In which he will bless the palms and read the Palm Gospel (look out on facebook for that) and read the Passion Gospel of the Day as part of the service. Please join in at home with the palm crosses that should have arrived by Saturday and the 'Praying at Home' booklet. 

Palm Sunday 5th April 2020

As at Christmas we often have circular wreaths on our front doors in celebration of Christ’s Nativity during Holy Week and Easter Week it would be good if we could show our faith by hanging a Palm Cross wreath on our doors. Before palm became widely available we in Scotland used whatever branches we could find to create a cross for Holy Week. If you are able to make a cross please send Dean a photo of it via a mobile telephone to 07968-099470 and he will attempt to post them on the church’s facebook page.

For the Spiritual Communion on Sunday - see the Praying at Home booklet

Dear friends in Christ, in our observance of Lent we have been preparing, by self- examination and spiritual discipline, to celebrate the mystery of our Lord’s death and resurrection. In baptism we are marked with the cross of Christ. Today we begin the solemn celebration of our salvation through his death on the cross and his resurrection to glory. We now recall our Lord’s entry as king into Jerusalem, to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us follow him, that, as we died with Christ in our Baptism, so we may share his risen life.

The Blessing of the Palms.

Almighty and everlasting God, bless (+) these palms, may they be for us a sign of Christ’s victory over sin and death; and may we who have been baptised in his name, worship him as king, obey him as Lord, and follow him in the way of the Cross, which leads to eternal life. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Behold your king comes to you, O Zion, meek and lowly, sitting upon a donkey. Ride on in the cause of truth and for the sake of justice. Your throne is the throne of God, it endures for ever; and the sceptre of your kingdom is a righteous sceptre. You have loved righteousness and hated evil: therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

The Palm Gospel Matthew 21:1-11

Palm Procession Collect

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy, but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant, that we, walking in the way of his cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

All glory, laud and honour To thee Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas ring.

Collect of the Passion:

Almighty God, who, in your tender love for the human race, sent your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his passion, and also, be made partakers of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Readings for the Passion

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Philippians 2:5-11
The Passion Gospel: Matthew 26:14-27:66

There is no sermon today the words of the Passion Gospel are left to speak for themselves. A period of silent meditation is an opportunity to reflect upon the Gospel and the events of this coming week.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament - see Praying at Home booklet



Holy Tuesday at 7.00pm Dean will pray the Way of the Cross in the garden of the Good Shepherd

THE TRIDIUM at the Good Shepherd        (please join in at home)

Maundy Thursday 7pm Institution of the Eucharist.
Good Friday 2pm Liturgy of the Cross Easter Day
10am Festal Eucharist and blessing of the Paschal Candle - ALLELUIA!

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