Vol: 45, No.21 PALM SUNDAY ( B) March 25 2018  
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) Procession and 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.
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.
Cel: Dear brethren, 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.
Cel: 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.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Mark (11:1-10)
When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, “Go into the village opposite 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 the door out in the open street; and they untied it. And those who stood 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 garments on it; and he sat upon it. And many spread their garments on the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming! Hosanna in the highest!”
The Gospel of the Lord
Cel: Dear brothers and sisters, like the crowds who acclaimed Jesus in Jerusalem, let us go forth in peace.
(During the procession, the choir and the people sing the following songs: WJL – A.41, M.4 or any other appropriate song.)
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