Prayer & Praise
Almighty and everlasting God, in your tender love for us you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon himself our nature, and to suffer death upon the Cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and come to share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in street, and they untied it. And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
Open unto me the gates of righteousness, * that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord; * the righteous shall enter into it.
I will thank you, for you have heard me, * and have become my salvation.
The same stone which the builders refused * has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing, *and it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made; * we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Help me now, O Lord; * O Lord, send us now prosperity.
Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord; * we bless you from the house of the Lord.
God is the Lord, who has shown us light; *bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I will thank you; * you are my God, and I will exalt you.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious; * his mercy endures for ever.
Behold, my servant shall act wisely; breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”