Palm Sunday


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Blessing and Distribution of Palms
V: Blessed + is the King who cometh in the Name of the Lord;
R: Peace in Heaven and Glory in the highest.

The Priest says a prayer before the Gospel.
The Gospel is Read: Mark 11:1-11

The Palms are then blessed with the following:
V: The Lord be with you.
R: And with thy spirit.
V: Lift up your hearts.
R: We lift them up unto the Lord.
V: Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.
R: It is meet and right so to do.
The Priest then bestows a blessing on the Palms.

The Palms are distributed before the procession.

V: Blessed is he who cometh in the name of the Lord.
R: Hosanna in the highest.
V: Let us go forth in peace.
R: In the name of Christ. Amen.

Psalm 15 is said as the Procession starts
V: LORD, who may dwell in your tabernacle?
R: who may abide upon your holy hill?
V: Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right,
R: who speaks the truth from his heart.
V: There is no guile upon his tongue;
R: he does no evil to his friend; he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.
V: In his sight the wicked is rejected,
R: but he honors those who fear the LORD.
V: He has sworn to do no wrong
R: and does not take back his word.
V: He does not give his money in hope of gain,
R: nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
V: Whoever does these things
R: shall never be overthrown.

Canticle: Kyrie Pantokrator
V: O Lord, Almighty God of our fathers, *
R: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of their righteous seed;
V: Who hast made heaven and earth, *
R: with all the ornament thereof;
V: Whom all men fear, *
R: and tremble before thy power;
V: But thy merciful promise *
R: is unmeasurable and unsearchable;
V: For thou art the most high Lord, of great compassion, long-suffering, very merciful, *
R: and repentest of the evils of men.
V: Thou, O Lord, according to thy great goodness hast promised repentence and forgiveness *
R: to them that have sinned against thee.
V: And of thine infinite mercies hast appointed repentence unto sinners,*
R: that they may be saved.
V: Now therefore I bow the knee of mine heart, *
R: beseeching thee of grace.
V: I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, *
R: and I acknowledge mine iniquities:
V: Wherefore I humbly beseech thee, forgive me, O Lord, forgive me *
R: and destroy me not with mine iniquities.
V: Be not angry with me forever, by reserving evil for me; *
R: neither condemn me into the lower parts of the earth.
V: For thou art the God, even the God of them that repent; *
R: and in me thou wilt show all thy goodness:
V: For thou wilt save me, that am unworthy, *
R: according to thy great mercy.
V: Therefore I will praise thee for ever all the days of my life: *
R: for all the powers of the heavens do praise thee,
V: And thine is the glory *
R: for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 26:6-12
V: I will wash my hands in innocence, O LORD, *
R: that I may go in procession round your altar,
V: Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving *
R: and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
V: LORD, I love the house in which you dwell *
R: and the place where your glory abides.
V: Do not sweep me away with sinners, *
R: nor my life with those who thirst for blood,
V: Whose hands are full of evil plots, *
R: and their right hand full of bribes.
V: As for me, I will live with integrity; *
R: redeem me, O LORD, and have pity on me.
V: My foot stands on level ground; *
R: in the full assembly I will bless the LORD.

Psalm 118:19-29
V: Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
R: I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the LORD.
V: "This is the gate of the LORD; *
R: he who is righteous may enter."
V: I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
R: and have become my salvation.
V: The same stone which the builders rejected *
R: has become the chief cornerstone.
V: This is the LORD'S doing, *
R: and it is marvelous in our eyes.
V: On this day the LORD has acted; *
R: we will rejoice and be glad in it.
V: Hosanna, LORD, hosanna! *
R: LORD, send us now success.
V: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
R: we bless you from the house of the LORD.
V: God is the LORD; he has shined upon us; *
R: form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
V: "You are my God, and I will thank you; *
R: you are my God, and I will exalt you."
V: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; *
R: his mercy endures for ever.

A prayer is said and all process to the Altar and pews in silence.

Collect of the Day
V: The Lord be with you.
R: And with thy Spirit.
V: Let us Pray.
The Priest prays the Collect of the Day
from the Book of Common Prayer.

Passion Gospel        Mark 15:1-47    See Below
Celebrant: The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mark.

Narrator: As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him,

Reader: “Are you the King of the Jews?”

Narrator: He answered him,

Jesus: “You say so.”

Narrator: Then the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate asked him again,

Reader: “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.”

Narrator: But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. Then he answered them,

Reader: “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”

Narrator: For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. Pilate spoke to them again,

Reader: “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?”

Narrator: They shouted back,

Congregation: “Crucify him!”

Narrator: Pilate asked them,

Reader: “Why, what evil has he done?”

Narrator: But they shouted all the more,

Congregation: “Crucify him!”

Narrator: So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. And they began saluting him,

Reader: “Hail, King of the Jews!”

Narrator: They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull).

(All Stand)

And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.

It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying,

Reader: “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!”

Narrator: In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying,

Reader: “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.”

Narrator: Those who were crucified with him also taunted him. When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice,

Jesus: “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”

Narrator: which means,

Jesus: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Narrator: When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,

Reader: “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.”

Narrator: And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying,

Reader: “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.”

Narrator: Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

(Kneel in Silence)

And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said,

Reader: “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

Narrator: There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.

Sermon        Rev’d J. Wesley Evans, OPA

Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
(KNEEL/BOW) and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; (ARISE)
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spake by the Prophets. And I believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church; I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection + of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of the People
V: Let us pray for the Church and for the world.
Biddings will be given for times of silent prayer for the Church, our Community, those in need, and the Faithful Departed.

Confession of Sin & Peace
V: Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God
R: Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,  we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
The Priest then grants sacramental absolution and reads and assurance of God’s forgiveness before:

V: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
R: And with thy spirit.

The Offertory Sentence is said before the Altar is set. Then,

Sursum Corda and Sanctus
V: The Lord be with you.
R: And with thy spirit.
V: Lift up your heats.
R: We lift them up unto the Lord.
V: Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
R: It is meet and right so to do.

The Priest prays the Proper Preface, until:
V: Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,

R: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts: Heaven and earth are full of thy Glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High. Blessed + is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Eucharistic Prayer, Lord’s Prayer, and Agnus Dei

The Eucharistic Prayer is said until,

V: And now as our Savior Christ hast taught us, we are bold to say:
R: 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. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen

V: O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
R: have mercy upon us.
V: O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
R: have mercy upon us.
V: O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
R: grant us thy peace.

Prayer of Humble Access
We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

All who have been Baptized by water in “The Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” are invited to receive the sacrament of Jesus’ Body.

V: Let us pray.
Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.
Afterwards the priest gives a final prayer.

The priest will dismiss the people, and all respond saying,
V: Let us bless the Lord.
R: Thanks be to God.

That concludes our Service. Enter now into a solemn Holy Week as we follow Jesus to the Cross, through the grave, and into his glorious Resurrection on Easter Day!

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