Notable Feast Days this Week:

March 30 - John Climacus, Sinai, 649
March 31 - Acacius the Confessor, 251
April 1 - Mary of Egypt, 421 
April 2 - Nicetius, Lyon, 573
April 3 - Nicetas the Confessor, 824
April 4 - Isidore of Seville, 636
April 5 - Vincent Ferrer, 1419 (Roman Catholic)
April 5 - Palm Sunday, Sunday of the Passion

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - Purple/Red

Revised Common Lectionary

Liturgy of the Passion
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14 - 27:66

Liturgy of the Palms
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Matthew 21:1-11

--------- Palm / Passion Sunday --------- April 5, 2020

Submission, Death, and Glory

God is with us in our suffering (Isaiah 50:4-9a) as we cry out to him and trust in his unfailing love (Psalm 31:9-16). We praise God for opening the gates of righteousness through the suffering and death of Jesus (Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29). He humbled himself (Philippians 2:5-11) and demonstrated submission to God's will in the midst of ultimate suffering (Matthew 21:1-11). He was crucified so that we might have eternal life and forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:14 - 27:66).

Scripture Readings
Isaiah 50:4-9a
The suffering servant

Philippians 2:5-11
Even death on a cross

Matthew 21:1-11
Jesus enters Jerusalem

Matthew 26:14 - 27:66
The passion and death of Jesus Christ
Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Lectionary Resources
"In order to lay claim to the honors of royalty, he enters Jerusalem, riding an ass. A magnificent display, truly! more especially when the ass was borrowed from some person, and when the want of a saddle and of accouterments compelled the disciples to throw their garments on it, which was a mark of mean and disgraceful poverty. He is attended, I admit, by a large retinue; but of what sort of people? Of those who had hastily assembled from the neighboring villages. Sounds of loud and joyful welcome are heard; but from whom? From the very poorest, and from those who belong to the despised multitude...But as he had two things to do at the same time, — as he had to exhibit some proof of his kingdom, and to show that it does not resemble earthly kingdoms, and does not consist of the fading riches of this world, it was altogether necessary for him to take this method." -John Calvin
Palm Sunday Resources
Prayer for Passion Sunday
"Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen."  -from The Book of Common Prayer
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Palm Sunday in Lent from 

Hymns related to Psalm 118 and Psalm 31 from

Celtic Psalms from Lent into Easter from Kiran Irene Young Wimberly

CCLI Contemporary Liturgy Song Select for Palm Sunday

Songs and Artwork for Psalm 118 from The Verses Project

Music from Palm Sunday Liturgy in 1469

Ride on, Ride on in Majesty | Words: Henry Hart Milman, 1827 / Music: Zac HIcks, 2018

Ride on, Ride on in Majesty | Kings College Choir / Words: Henry Hart Milman, 1827 

All Glory, Laud, and Honor | Arranged by Redeemer Knoxville | Leadsheet

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna | Text: Jennette Threlfall, 1873/ Tune: Gesangbuch, Wittenberg, 1784 | Leadsheet | Guitar Chords

Psalm 31: Father, I Put My Life In Your Hands | by John Michael Talbot | Leadsheet

Abide With Me | by Henry Lyte and Justin Smith/Music by Justin Smith | Leadsheet

Psalm 31 | Music by Sarah Majorins and Words by J.C Lowry| Leadsheet

Hosanna | by Andrew Peterson | Leadsheet

Holy Holy Lord | by Philip Majorins | Leadsheet

Beautiful Savior | by Stuart Townend | Leadsheets 

Psalm 118 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet
Psalm 31 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 31 | Metrical Options
Psalm 118 | Metrical Options 
Music for Listening
Thematic Art 
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