Saturday Prayers: Palm Sunday, 2019
The Passion of The Lord – Palm Sunday to Good Friday
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
To-day we greet him as our King, but we know his Crown is thorns and his Throne a cross.
Almighty and everliving God, in tender love for our human race you sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take our flesh and to suffer death upon a cruel cross. May we follow the example of his great humility, and share in the glory of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Christ became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Wherefore God hath highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name. That, at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. Philippians 2. 8-10.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they nailed him to the cross? Were you there when they pierced in the side? Were you there when the sun refused to shine? Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? Were you there when he burst the bonds of death? Sometimes it causes me to tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Ruler of all creation, The God of our salvation, your Son Jesus Christ, was anointed with costly oil in preparation for death and the grave. Receive all we offer, and do, for the sake of him who died that we might life, and have it more abundantly, Jesus Christ the Lord of all. Amen.
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son, you made the cross, an instrument of shameful death, to be the means of new life. May our lives be transformed by his passion, that we may witness to his love; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride. See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down; did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown? (Issac Watts)
Crucified Lord, by your cross and passion you give mercy and grace to the living and new life to the dying. Give to the world peace and prepare us all to share in the Glory of your Resurrection. Amen.
nnDnn Archdeacon Ron Matthewman, Vicar General Emeritus