5 April 2020                                                                       Palm Sunday

Collect of the Day

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 your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


First Reading

Isaiah 50.4-9a

The servant of the LORD said:

4The Lord GOD has given me
the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.  Morning by morning he wakens – wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.  5The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backwards.  6I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. 

7The Lord GOD helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; 8he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.  9It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?
All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.


Psalm   Psalm 31.9-16

9  Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye is consumed with sorrow, my soul and my body also.  10 For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails me because of my affliction,
and my bones are consumed.

11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbours, an object of dread to my acquaintances; when they see me in the street they flee from me.  12 I am forgotten like one that is dead, out of mind; I have become like a broken vessel.  13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is on every side; 
they scheme together against me, and plot to take my life.

14 But my trust is in you, O Lord. 
I have said, ‘You are my God.

15 ‘My times are in your hand; 
deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.  16 ‘Make your face to shine upon your servant, and save me for your mercy’s sake.’


Second Reading

Philippians 2.5-11

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross. 9Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.




Matthew 26.14 - 27.66



Post Communion Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant, and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation: give us the mind to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King, to the glory of God the Father.


Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Post Communion (Palm Sunday) ©  1984 General Synod of the Church of Ireland

Isaiah 50.4-9a ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Matthew 26.14-27.66 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Philippians 2.5-11 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Psalm 31.9-16 ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000

Collect (Palm Sunday) ©  The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)