Vol: 43, No.21 PALM SUNDAY ( C) March 20 2016  
 
The Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem
Today is Palm Sunday, known also as ‘Passion Sunday’. Special characteristics of today’s liturgy are: (1) The Blessing of Palms, and (2) the Procession and the Reading of the Passion. Today we are invited to rejoice and also to mourn; this is very well brought out in the very structure of the liturgical service.
THE PROCESSION WITH PALMS
ANTIPHON (Mt 21:9)
Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the highest.
INTRODUCTORY RITE

Cel: Dear brothers and sisters, since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts by penance and charitable works. Today we gather together to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery, that is to say, of his Passion and Resurrection. For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem. Therefore, with all faith and devotion, let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps, so that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross, we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life.

THE BLESSING OF PALMS
Let us pray. Almighty ever-living God, sanctify + these branches with your blessing, that we, who follow Christ the King in exultation, may reach the eternal Jerusalem through him. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
 
(The priest sprinkles the branches
with holy water)
PROCLAMATION OF THE LORD'S COMING
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke (19:28-40)
Jesus went on ahead, going upto Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this, ‘The Lord has need of it’.” So those who were sent went away and found it as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owner said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their garments on the colt, they set Jesus upon it. And as he rode along, they spread their garments on the road. As he was now drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the
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