Welcome and introduction
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works, of love and selfsacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the Church throughout the world. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.
We hold up our Palm Crosses while this prayer is said
God our Saviour, whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and to die; let these palms be for us signs of his victory and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns with you, the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
The Gospel of the Palms is read
Let us go forth, praising Jesus our Messiah.
We process into Church, singing …
Ride on! Ride on in majesty!
Hark! All the tribes hosanna cry! O Saviour meek, pursue thy road with palms and scattered garments strowed.
Ride on! Ride on in majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die: O Christ, thy triumphs now begin o’er captive death and conquered sin.
Ride on! Ride on in majesty! The winged squadrons of the sky look down with sad and wondering eyes to see the approaching sacrifice.
Ride on! Ride on in majesty! The last and fiercest strife is nigh: the Father on his sapphire throne awaits his own anointed Son.
Ride on! Ride on in Majesty! In lowly pomp ride on to die; bow thy meek head to mortal pain, then take, O God, thy power, and reign.