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HOLY WEEK   THE PASSION (PALM) SUNDAY OF THE LORD

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH AT HOME

Introduction to the Hour

O God, come + to our aid.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.  Amen.

Office Hymn

Sing in triumph of our Saviour,

Raise your voices sing with pride,

Of the gentle one who loves us

And for us was crucified,

Stretched upon the cross in torment

Healing hatred as he died.

Sing of gall and nails and spittle,

Sing of sponge and spear and rod,.

How the blows of soldiers opened

Wounds within the heart of God,

And the world of pain found healing

Bathed within the Saviours blood.

See the noble cross resplendent

Standing tall and without peer

Where of tree, have you a rival

In the leaf or fruit you bear?

Sweet the burden, sweet the ransomed,

That through iron your branches bear,

Bend your boughs, O tree be gentle

Bring relief to God’s own limbs

Bow in homage to bring comfort

To the gentle King of kings;

Ease the throne where your creator

Harshly treated, calmly reigns.

For of all the woods and forests

You were chosen out to hold

That fair prize that would win harbour

For a drifting, storm tossed worlds.

You  whose wood has now been purpled

By the lambs own blood unfurled,

May our praises and our wonder

Echo through the heart of light

To the Father who crated us

And the Son whose gentle might

In the Spirit won us freedom

From the grip of endless night.

From Pange lingua gloriosi proelium by Venantius Fortunatus,530-609. Transl Ralph Wrighr OSB

The Psalm                           Psalm 21(22):8-9,17-20,23-24

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

All who see me deride me.

They curl their lips, they toss their heads.

‘He trusted in the Lord, let him save him;

let him release him if this is his friend.’

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Many dogs have surrounded me,

a band of the wicked beset me.

They tear holes in my hands and my feet

I can count every one of my bones.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

They divide my clothing among them.

They cast lots for my robe.

O Lord, do not leave me alone,

my strength, make haste to help me!

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

I will tell of your name to my brethren

and praise you where they are assembled.

‘You who fear the Lord give him praise;

all sons of Jacob, give him glory

Revere him, Israel’s sons.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Short Reading    Zechariah 9:9

A longer reading may be used here. The Passion Gospel could be read.

Rejoice heart and soul, daughter of Zion! Shout with gladness, daughter of Jerusalem! See now, your king comes to you; he is victorious, he is triumphant, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

 

A time of silence may follow to reflect on God’s word.

The Gospel Canticle    Stand

With palms let us welcome the Lord as he comes, with songs and hymns let us run to meet him, as we offer him our joyful worship and sing: Blessed be the Lord!

The Benedictus

Blessed be the Lord,+ the God of Israel! 

He has visited his people and redeemed them.

He has raised up for us a mighty saviour

in the house of David his servant,

as he promised by the lips of holy men,

those who were his prophets from of old.

A saviour who would free us from our foes,

from the hands of all who hate us.

So his love for our fathers is fulfilled

and his holy covenant remembered.

He swore to Abraham our father to grant us,

that free from fear, and saved from the hands of our foes, that we might serve him in holiness and justice 

all the days of our life in his presence.

 

As for you, little child,

you shall be called a prophet of God, the Most High.

You shall go ahead of the Lord 

to prepare his ways before him,

To make known to his people their salvation 

through forgiveness of all their sins,

the loving-kindness of the heart of our God

It who visits us like the dawn from on high.

He will give light to those in darkness,

those who dwell in the shadow of death,.

and guide us into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

 

With palms let us welcome the Lord as he comes, with songs and hymns let us run to meet him, as we offer him our joyful worship and sing: Blessed be the Lord!

Prayers and Intercessions.

Other petitions may be added to those given.

Let us adore Christ the Lord. When he entered Jerusalem, the crowds proclaimed him Messiah and king.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna to you, the Son of David, the king of ages;

hosanna to you in your triumph over death and hell.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

You went up to Jerusalem to endure the passion and enter into glory;

Lead your Church into the paschal feast of eternal life.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

You made your cross the tree of life;

share your victory with all the baptized.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

You came to save sinners;

bring into your kingdom all who believe, hope and love.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

A time of silent prayer may follow.

Please remember these people in your prayers

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.

The Concluding Prayer of the Sunday is then said.

Almighty ever-living God, who as an example of humility for the human race to follow caused our Saviour to take flesh and submit to the Cross, graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering  and so merit a share in his Resurrection.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever Amen.

 

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen.

MAKING A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.

Even if we cannot be at mass and receive Holy Communion, we can always make  a Spiritual Communion. God will always fill our hearts with his grace if we ask.

My Jesus, 
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.   Amen.

Copyright © 1996-2020 Universalis Publishing Limited: see www.universalis.com. Scripture readings from the Jerusalem Bible are published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. Text of the Psalms: Copyright © 1963, The Grail (England). Used with permission of A.P. Watt Ltd.  The Office Hymn is from Hymns for Prayer and Praise © The Panel of Monastic Musicians 1996. It is ised under the Parishes Calmas Liscense. All rights reserved. This service taken from the provisions for a Service of the Word in Common Worship. The Eucharust is always the Principal Service of the day

 

 

HOLY WEEK

GOOD FRIDAY

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH AT HOME

If possible, read the Passion of S John.
Then if you can before a crucifix or cross keep some silence and then use the following prayer, which imagines Jesus addressing his people.

My people, what have I done to you?
Or how have I grieved you?  Answer me!
Because I led you out of the land of Egypt,
you have prepared a Cross for your Saviour.

Holy is God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy and Immortal One,
have mercy on us.

Because I led you out through the desert forty years and fed with you with manna and brought you into a land of plenty, you have prepared a Cross for your Saviour.  Holy is God,

Holy and Mighty,
Holy and Immortal One,
have mercy on us.

What more should I have done for you and have not done?
Indeed, I planted you as my most beautiful chosen vine and you have turned very bitter for me,
for in my thirst you gave me vinegar to drink and with a lance you pierced your Saviour’s side.

Holy is God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy and Immortal One,
have mercy on us.

Then make intercession for the Church and the World

Prayers and intercessions

As we recall Christ’s saving death, let us pray to God the Father.

Through the death of your Son,

Lord hear us.

Prayers and intercessions

As we recall Christ’s saving death, let us pray to God the Father.

Through the death of your Son,

Lord hear us.

Lord, unite your Church throughout the world.

Through the death of your Son,

Lord hear us.

 

Sanctify by your Spirit the entire people of God.

Through the death of your Son,
Lord hear us.

Deepen the faith and understanding of those preparing for baptism.

Through the death of your Son,
Lord hear us.

Gather all Christians into unity.

Through the death of your Son,
Lord hear us.

Bring the Jewish people to the fullness of redemption.

Through the death of your Son,
Lord hear us.

Shed your light on those who do not believe in Christ.

Through the death of your Son,
Lord hear us.

Show the signs of your love to those who deny your existence.

Through the death of your Son,
Lord hear us.

Guide the minds and hearts of governments and rulers.

Through the death of your Son,
Lord hear us.

Comfort those who live in sorrow.

Through the death of your Son,
Lord hear us.

Grant to the dead eternal rest.

Through the death of your Son,
Lord hear us.

Our Father…..