A brief liturgy for Palm Sunday

Published on 4th April, 2020

Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection.  Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the Church throughout the world. Christ enters His own city to complete His work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again.  Let us go with Him in faith and love, so that, united with Him in His sufferings, we may share His risen life.

Liturgy of the Palms.
The Palm Gospel:
Matthew 21, verses 1 – 11.

‘ All glory, laud and honour to Thee, Redeemer, King,
to Whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring’


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 our Lord, who is alive and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Liturgy of the Passion:

Isaiah 50, verses 4 – 9a.
Psalm 31, verses 9 – 18
Philippians 2, verses 5 – 11.
The Passion Reading:  St Matthew, chapter 26, verse 14 – chapter 27, verse 66.

The eighth-century martyr, Andrew of Crete, wrote:
‘Let us say to Christ:Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel.
Let us wave before Him like palm branches the words inscribed above Him on the cross.
Let us show Him honour, not with olive branches, but with the splendour of merciful deeds to one another.
Let us spread the thoughts and desires of our hearts under His feet like garments, so that He may draw the whole of our being into Himself, and place the whole of His in us.’

Pray for Others.

‘ Through our lives and by our prayers: may Your kingdom come! ‘

Our Father, . . . .

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.