Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

at The Liturgy of the Palms
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Year (cycle): 
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
       his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let Israel now proclaim, *
      “His mercy endures for ever.”
19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
      I will enter them;
      I will offer thanks to the Lord.
20 “This is the gate of the Lord; *
      he who is righteous may enter.”
21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
      and have become my salvation.
22 The same stone which the builders rejected *
      has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing, *
      and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 On this day the Lord has acted; *
      we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Hosannah, Lord, hosannah! *
      Lord, send us now success.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
      we bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord; he has shined upon us; *
      form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
28 “You are my God, and I will thank you; *
      you are my God, and I will exalt you.”
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; *
      his mercy endures for ever.

Luke 19:28-40

28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” just say this: “The Lord needs it.” ’ 32So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ 34They said, ‘The Lord needs it.’ 35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38saying,
‘Blessed is the king
   who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
   and glory in the highest heaven!’
39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’ 40He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’