Reading The Bible For Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011

April 17, 2011

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday

Liturgy of the Palms

GOSPEL: Matthew 21:1-11

When Jesus and his disciples came near Jerusalem, he went to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives and sent two of them on ahead. 2He told them, “Go into the next village, where you will at once find a donkey and her colt. Untie the two donkeys and bring them to me. 3If anyone asks why you are doing that, just say, ‘The Lord needs them.’ Right away he will let you have the donkeys.”
4So God’s promise came true, just as the prophet had said,
5Announce to the people of Jerusalem:
‘Your king is coming to you!
He is humble and rides on a donkey.
He comes on the colt of a donkey.’ ”
6The disciples left and did what Jesus had told them to do. 7They brought the donkey and its colt and laid some clothes on their backs. Then Jesus got on.
8Many people spread clothes in the road, while others put down branches which they had cut from trees. 9Some people walked ahead of Jesus and others followed behind. They were all shouting,
“Hooray for the Son of David!
God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hooray for God in heaven above!”
10When Jesus came to Jerusalem, everyone in the city was excited and asked, “Who can this be?”
11The crowd answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

PSALMODY: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

 1Tell the LORD how thankful you are,
because he is kind and always merciful.
2Let Israel shout, “God is always merciful!”
3Let the family of Aaron the priest shout,
“God is always merciful!”
19Open the gates of justice!
I will enter and tell the LORD how thankful I am.
20Here is the gate of the LORD!
Everyone who does right may enter this gate.
 21I praise the LORD
for answering my prayers and saving me.
22The stone that the builders tossed aside
has now become the most important stone.
23The LORD has done this, and it is amazing to us.
24This day belongs to the LORD!
Let’s celebrate and be glad today.
25We’ll ask the LORD to save us!
We’ll sincerely ask the LORD to let us win.
26God bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD!
We praise you from here in the house of the LORD.
27The LORD is our God, and he has given us light!
Start the celebration!
March with palm branches all the way to the altar.
28The LORD is my God!
I will praise him and tell him how thankful I am.
29Tell the LORD how thankful you are,
because he is kind and always merciful.

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