Sixth Sunday in Lent — Palm Sunday — 20 March

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love.

Lectionary readings (Click the links to see the readings)

Liturgy of the Palms
Luke 19:28-40 | Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Liturgy of the Passion
Isaiah 50:4-9a | Psalm 31:9-16 | Philippians 2:5-11 | Luke 22:14-23:56 or or Luke 23:1-49

Palm Sunday

Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,
The seething holy city of my heart,
The Saviour comes. But will I welcome him?
Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;
They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,
And think the battle won. Too soon they'll find
The challenge, the reversal he is bringing
Changes their tune. I know what lies behind
The surface flourish that so quickly fades;
Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,
The hardness of the heart, its barricades,
And at the core, the dreadful emptiness
Of a perverted temple. Jesus, come
Break my resistance and make me your home. —Malcolm Guite. Sounding the Seasons. Norwich: Canterbury, 2012, p. 32.


Douglas Blanchard. Jesus Enters the City.

J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV 244. Choral: Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen. Choir of the J.S. Bach Foundation of St Gallen

Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen,
Dass man ein solch scharf Urteil hat gesprochen?
Was ist die Schuld, in was für Missetaten
Bist du geraten?

Jesus, most dear to my heart, what have you done wrong,
so that such a harsh judgement is pronounced?
What is your guilt, in what sort of wrongdoing
have you been caught?

J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV 244. Choral: Ich bin's, ich sollte büßen. La Petite Band, cond. Gustav Leonhardt.

Ich bin's, ich sollte büßen,
An Händen und an Füßen
Gebunden in der Höll.
Die Geißeln und die Banden
Und was du ausgestanden,
Das hat verdienet meine Seel.

I am the one, I should pay for this,
With hands and feet
Bound in hell.
The scourges and the bonds
And what you endured—
My soul has deserved that.

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love. Amen.

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