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Collects and Readings

5th April 2020 - Palm Sunday

Collects and Readings


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.


True and humble king,
hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you
on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.

LentFirst Reading - Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

  1. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever.
  2. Let Israel now proclaim, ‘His mercy endures for ever.’


  1. Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter and give thanks to the Lord.
  2. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
  3. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me and have become my salvation.
  4. The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
  5. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.
  6. This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
  7. Come, O Lord, and save us we pray. Come, Lord, send us now prosperity.
  8. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the house of the Lord.
  9. The Lord is God; he has given us light; link the pilgrims with cords right to the horns of the altar.
  10. You are my God and I will thank you; you are my God and I will exalt you.
  11. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever.

LentGospel – Matthew 21:1-11

  1. 1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,
  2. saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.
  3. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
  4. This took place to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet:
  5. "Say to Daughter Zion, 'See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ "
  6. The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.
  7. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.
  8. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
  9. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!” "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” "Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
  10. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?”
  11. The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."

LentPost Communion

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.

Readings for Sunday next week – 12th April 2020


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