Quote of the Week
Have you never read ” From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?”
7th Sunday of Lent (Palm Sunday)
20 March 2016
1st Reading / Zechariah 9: 9-13
Listen to the Book of Zechariah: Barekhmar.
Rejoice, rejoice, people of Zion! Shout for joy, you people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you! He comes triumphant and victorious, but humble and riding on a donkey – on a colt, the foal of a donkey. The Lord says, “I will remove the war chariots from Israel and take the horses from Jerusalem; the bows used in battle will be destroyed. Your king will make peace among the nations; he will rule from sea to sea, from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.” The Lord says, “Because of my covenant with you that was sealed by the blood of sacrifices, I will set your people free – free from the waterless pit of exile. Return, you exiles who now have hope; return to your place of safety. Now I tell you that I will repay you twice over with blessing for all you have suffered.
This is the Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
2nd Reading / Romans 11: 13-24
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans: Barekhmar
I am speaking now to you Gentiles: As long as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I will take pride in my work. Perhaps I can make the people of my own race jealous, and so be able to save some of them. For when they were rejected, all other people were changed from God’s enemies into his friends. What will it be, then, when they are accepted? It will be life for the dead! If the first piece of bread is given to God, then the whole loaf is his also; and if the roots of a tree are offered to God, the branches are his also. Some of the branches of the cultivated olive tree have been broken off, and a branch of a wild olive tree has been joined to it. You Gentiles are like that wild olive tree, and now you share the strong spiritual life of the Jews. So then, you must not despise those who were broken off like branches. How can you be proud? You are just a branch; you don’t support the roots – the roots support you. But you will say, “Yes, but the branches were broken off to make room for me.” That is true. They were broken off because they did not believe, while you remain in place because you do believe. But do not be proud of it; instead, be afraid. God did not spare the Jews, who are like natural branches; do you think he will spare you? Here we see how kind and how severe God is. He is severe toward those who have fallen, but kind to you – if you continue in his kindness. But if you do not, you too will be broken off. And if the Jews abandon their unbelief, they will be put back in the place where they were; for God is able to do that. You Gentiles are like the branch of a wild olive tree that is broken off and then, contrary to nature, is joined to a cultivated olive tree. The Jews are like this cultivated tree; and it will be much easier for God to join these broken-off branches to their own tree again.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ Matthew 21: 1-15
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew
As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives. There Jesus sent two of the disciples on ahead with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied up with her colt beside her. Untie them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything, tell him, ‘The Master needs them’; and then he will let them go at once.” This happened in order to make come true what the prophet had said: “Tell the city of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you! He is humble and rides on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
So the disciples went and did what Jesus had told them to do: they brought the donkey and the colt, threw their cloaks over them, and Jesus got on. A large crowd of people spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds walking in front of Jesus and those walking behind began to shout, “Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heavens!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was thrown into an uproar. “Who is he?” the people asked.
“This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee”, the crowds answered.
Jesus went into the Temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the stools of those who sold pigeons, and said to them, “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer’ but you are making it a hideout for thieves!”
The blind and the crippled came to him in the Temple, and he healed them. The chief priests and the teachers of the Law became angry when they saw the wonderful things he was doing and the children shouting in the Temple, “Hosanna to the son of David!” so they asked Jesus, “Do you hear what they are saying?”
“Indeed I do”, answered Jesus, “Haven’t you ever read this scripture: ‘You have trained children and babies to offer perfect praise’ “. Jesus left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
Priest: Glory be to God for ever.
People: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord
Prayers of the Faithful
Introduction (by the Priest) Brothers and sisters, let us pray to God who saves us.
Let us stand and pray to God. The response is “Lord, hear our prayer”:
- Dear God, as we celebrate on this Palm Sunday, help us to remember that day when all the adults and children waved palm branches and cheered as Jesus entered Jerusalem as King. We know Jesus rose from the dead and is alive. Help us to remember that he is our wonderful King and that we can praise him every day! We pray in Jesus’ Holy Name … Lord, hear our prayer.
- Dear God, we thank you for everything you provided us. Many people do not know you, so please give us the strength to shout loudly and make everyone around us hear us saying “Hosanna to God in the Highest”, we pray in Jesus’ Holy Name … Lord, hear our prayer.
- Dear God, on a palm-leaf we write to you and tell you we are sorry for being unloving and unhelpful to others not recognizing their needs, we ask for your forgiveness and help to make our hearts compassionate towards others, we pray in Jesus’ Holy Name … Lord, hear our prayer.
- Dear God, as children we pray for our families, teachers and priest, please keep them under Your tender care, we pray in Jesus’ Holy Name … Lord, hear our prayer.
- Dear God, we pray for the sick and all who care for them, we pray in Jesus’ Holy Name … Lord, hear our prayer.
Conclusion (by the Priest) God of our salvation, your love for the world has no end: hear the prayers your faithful people make, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.