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Readings for Sunday 5th April PALM SUNDAY with prayers


This prayer is read before the readings:

O God, by the power of Your Holy Spirit,

open our hearts and minds

that as the Scriptures are read

and Your Word is proclaimed,

we may hear what You are saying to us today.

In the reading of the Scripture,

may Your Word be heard.

In the meditations of our hearts,

may Your Word be known;

and in the faithfulness of our lives,

may Your Word be shown.


First Reading:                    Zechariah 9: 9 – 10    

9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is He,
humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off and He shall speak peace to the nations;
His rule shall be from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Second Reading:            Psalm 118: 1-2 & 19 – 29     

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures for ever!
2Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.”

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, 

  that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank You that You have answered me and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success!
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
   We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God and He has made His light to shine upon us.
   Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!
28 You are my God and I will give thanks to You; You are my God; I will extol You.
29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His steadfast love endures for ever!

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading:   Matthew 21: 1 – 11       

Hear from the Gospel according to Matthew,

how our Lord Jesus entered Jerusalem.

Glory to You, O Lord.

When they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage,
to the Mount of Olives,
Jesus sent two disciples,
2saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you
and immediately you will find a donkey tied and a colt with her.
Untie them and bring them to me.
3If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them’,
and he will send them at once.”

4This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

“Say to the daughter of Zion,

  ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble and mounted on a donkey,
   on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”

6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them.
7They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks
and He sat on them.
8Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9And the crowds that went before [Jesus] and that followed Him
were shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!”

10And when He entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”

11And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to You, O Christ.

Prayer for all affected by the coronavirus – covid-19

Keep us good Lord, under the shadow of Your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us

from Your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord Jesus,
You are the Prince of Peace and the King of Love who casts out fear.

Please help us not to be anxious about covid-19, but to seek Your wisdom.

Please help us to stay vigilant about taking precautions and planning ahead.

Please help us to show compassion to those who may be vulnerable

and to those who are working for us.

Lord in your mercy Hear Our Prayer

 Prayers for today, Palm Sunday 5 April