Liturgy of the Palms
Psalter: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11
God of our salvation, we give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord, who came in your name and turned the lonely way of rejection and death into triumph. Grant us the steadfast faith to enter the gates of righteousness, that we may receive grace to become worthy citizens of your holy realm. Amen.
Liturgy of the Passion
Old Testament: Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalter: Psalm 31:9-16
Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel: Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54
Merciful God, your strength and courage pour forth to sustain the witness of your faithful people. Awaken in us the humility to serve wherever creation is broken and in need, that we may follow in the way of our brother, Jesus, die as he did to all that separates us from you, and with him be raised to new life. Amen.
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