Palm Sunday: Procession with Palms

This version of the Palm Sunday Procession with Palms combines elements from several sources. The response: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!” is taken from the Palm Sunday Gospel, and is found in the most ancient Palm Sunday liturgies.

The service begins in the back of the church.

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Dear friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing for the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration with the church throughout the world. Christ entered Jerusalem this day in triumph, a triumph that led through suffering and death to resurrection and new life. In faith and love may we follow our Messiah, this humble ruler, who comes riding on a donkey.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

Let us pray.
O Jesus, Son of God, you took on yourself our nature and went forward to suffer death on the cross for us. By your Passion you have set us free from eternal death. Preserve us in your grace; for you and live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

A thanksgiving over the palms may be said here:

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

We give you thanks, almighty and eternal God, for sending your only Son in the fullness of time to redeem the world with his obedient life and innocent death. When he entered Jerusalem he was hailed as king by those who spread their garments and palm branches on his path. We carry these branches as signs of the victory he accomplished. Let his victory remain with us, even as we take up our crosses and follow him, that we may die and rise with him, and finally enter his kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

If Palm Sunday is observed as Passion Sunday, the Palm Sunday Gospel is read here.

The Holy Gospel according to St. _____, the _____ chapter.

A Matthew 21:1-11   B Mark 11:1-10    C Luke 19:28-40

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to you, O Christ.

Let us go forth in peace,
In the name of the Lord.

‘All Glory, Laud, and Honor’ or another Palm Sunday hymn is sung. Children, choirs and others may process to the altar carrying palm branches.

1 All glory, laud, and honor 
to you, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 
You are the King of Israel 
and David’s royal Son, 
now in the Lord’s name coming, 
the King and Blessed One. 

2 All glory, laud, and honor 
to you, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 
The company of angels 
is praising you on high; 
and we with all creation 
in chorus make reply. 

3 All glory, laud, and honor 
to you, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 
The people of the Hebrews 
with palms before you went; 
our praise and prayer and anthems 
before you we present. 

4 All glory, laud, and honor 
to you, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 
To you before your passion 
they sang their hymns of praise; 
to you, now high exalted, 
our melody we raise. 

5 All glory, laud, and honor 
to you, Redeemer, King, 
to whom the lips of children 
made sweet hosannas ring. 
As you received their praises, 
accept the prayers we bring, 
O Source of every blessing, 
our good and gracious King! 

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

The service continues with the Prayer (Collect) of the Day and the Lessons.

Narrative paragraph is modified from liturgy.co.nz.

Prayer: Freely modified from Mozarabic Collects, by Charles W. Hale.

Thanksgiving Over the Palms is newly composed for A Collection of Prayers.

Hymn: All Glory, Laud, and Honor is from Hymnary.org, modified.

For a video of a similar liturgy, with the Palm Sunday Gospel read, see this YouTube video:

See also http://www.oremus.org/liturgy/lhwe/ps.html
and: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Sunday

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pastorstratman

Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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