Procession, Passion and Eucharist


Assemble outside the church.

Welcome and Introduction

Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ  be with you

and also with you.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice 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.

Prayer over the Palm Crosses

The people hold up their palms while the 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 is alive and reigns with you in the unity of  the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

Glory to you, O Lord.

Luke 19.28-40

1When Jesus and his disciples were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, 2‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.“’ 4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ 6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

11Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

At the end:

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Let us go forth, praising Jesus our Messiah

Procession into the church
(Please join in with the singing as you enter the church)

All glory, laud, and honour to thee, redeemer, king,
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

  • Thou art the king of Israel,
    thou David’s royal son,
    who in the Lord’s name comest,
    the king and blessed one.
  • The company of angels
    are praising thee on high,
    and mortal men and all things
    created make reply.
  • The people of the Hebrews
    with palms before thee went:
    our praise and prayer and anthems
    before thee we present.
  • To thee before thy passion
    they sang their hymns of praise:
    to thee now high exalted
    our melody we raise.
  • Thou didst accept their praises:
    accept the prayers we bring,
    who in all good delightest,
    thou good and gracious king.


The Collect

Let us pray for a closer union with Christ in his suffering and in his glory

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.


First Reading

Reader: Sue France

Isaiah 50.4-9a

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death –
even death on a cross.

9Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

At the end:

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The response to the Psalm is : Into your hands I commend my spirit.

Second Reading

Philippians 2.5-11

At the end:

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gradual Hymn

  • 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.


Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory; Christ humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and given him the name that is above every name.

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

[Please sit]

Luke 23.1-49

[When it is introduced and concluded, no response is made.]



With response:

…let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

We stand with Christ in his suffering.

For forgiveness for the many times we have denied Jesus, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For grace to seek out those habits of sin which mean spiritual death, and by prayer and self-discipline to overcome them, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For Christian people, that through the suffering of disunity there may grow a rich union in Christ, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who make laws, interpret them, and administer them, that our common life may be ordered in justice and mercy, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who still make Jerusalem a battleground, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who have the courage and honesty to work openly for justice and peace, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those in the darkness and agony of isolation, that they may find support and encouragement, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who, weighed down with hardship, failure, or sorrow, feel that God is far from them, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For those who are tempted to give up the way of the cross, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

That we, with those who have died in faith, may find mercy in the day of Christ, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

At the end:

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

Once we were far off,
but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near
through the shedding of Christ’s blood,
for he is our peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

All may exchange a sign of peace.

Offertory Hymn

  • And now, O Father, mindful of the love
    that bought us, once for all, on Calvary’s tree,
    and having with us him that pleads above,
    we here present, we here spread forth to thee
    that only offering perfect in thine eyes,
    the one true, pure, immortal sacrifice.
  • Look, Father, look on his anointed face,
    and only look on us as found in him;
    look not on our misusings of thy grace,
    our prayer so languid, and our faith so dim:
    for lo, between our sins and their reward
    we set the passion of thy Son our Lord.
  • And then for those, our dearest and our best,
    by this prevailing presence we appeal:
    O fold them closer to thy mercy’s breast,
    O do thine utmost for their souls’ true weal;
    from tainting mischief keep them white and clear,
    and crown thy gifts with strength to persevere.
  • And so we come: O draw us to thy feet,
    most patient saviour, who canst love us still;
    and by this food, so aweful and so sweet,
    deliver us from every touch of ill:
    in thine own service make us glad and free,
    and grant us never more to part with thee.

The gifts of the people are  gathered and presented.

The table is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.

Jesus, true vine and bread of life, ever giving yourself that the world might live, let us share your death and passion: make us perfect in your love.


The president takes the bread and wine.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For as the time of his passion and resurrection draws near
the whole world is called to acknowledge his hidden majesty.
The power of the life-giving cross
reveals the judgement that has come upon the world
and the triumph of Christ crucified.
He is the victim who dies no more,
the Lamb once slain, who lives for ever,
our advocate in heaven to plead our cause,
exalting us there to join with angels and archangels,
for ever praising you and singing:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

(Choir only)

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

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father,
we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom,
and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Jesus Christ is Lord:

Lord, by your cross and resurrection
you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world.

Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts
in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit,
inspire us with your love
and unite us in the body of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty,
in songs of everlasting praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever.

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,

we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Agnus Dei

(Choir only)

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

The president says the invitation to communion

Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

The president and people receive communion.

During the distribution hymns and anthems may be sung.

Prayer after Communion

Silence is kept.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,
and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:
give us the mind to follow you
and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father.


  The Dismissal


May the Father, who so loved the world that he gave his only Son, bring you by faith to his eternal life.

May Christ, who accepted the cup of sacrifice in obedience to the Father’s will, keep you steadfast as you walk with him the way of his cross.

May the Spirit, who strengthens us to suffer with Christ that we may share his glory, set your minds on life and peace.

And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.



  • Praise to the holiest in the height,
    and in the depth be praise:
    in all his words most wonderful,
    most sure in all his ways.
  • O loving wisdom of our God!
    When all was sin and shame,
    a second Adam to the fight
    and to the rescue came.
  • O wisest love! That flesh and blood,
    which did in Adam fail,
    should strive afresh against the foe,
    should strive and should prevail;
  • And that a higher gift than grace
    should flesh and blood refine,
    God’s presence and his very self,
    and essence all-divine.
  • O generous love! That he, who smote
    in man for man the foe,
    the double agony in man
    for man should undergo;
  • and in the garden secretly,
    and on the cross on high,
    should teach his brethren, and inspire
    to suffer and to die.
  • Praise to the holiest in the height,
    and in the depth be praise:
    in all his words most wonderful,
    most sure in all his ways.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

Copyright acknowledgment (where not already indicated above):

Post Communion (Palm Sunday) ©  1984 General Synod of the Church of Ireland

Invitation to Confession (5th Sun Lent until Weds of Holy Week) ©  1988 Continuum (Mowbray) (Adapted)

Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Confession (Lent, Penitence, Lament) ©  Stuart Thomas

Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  The Archbishops’ Council 2000

Collect (Palm Sunday) ©  The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)

All songs covered by the Christian Copyright Licensing have been reproduced under CCL licence number 507234

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