Palm Sunday and the Great and Holy Week, 2018

This is intended to be a resource for Holy Week for any who would like to integrate English parts of the Lenten Triodion (and Festal Menaion), by Mother Mary and Metropolitan Kallistos. The clumsy abbreviation is mine, anything of worth is theirs. Thanks also to the Sisters of the Love of God for indulging this enthusiasm of their warden!

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PALM SUNDAY ( integrated into Lent, Holy Week, and Easter)

Choir: Hosanna in the highest.

V/: The Lord be with you.

R/: And also with you.

Today the grace of the Holy Spirit has gathered us together, and we all take up Thy Cross and say, ‘Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the LORD. Hosanna in the highest.

Today, the Word and co-eternal Son of God the Father, whose throne is in heaven, and whose footstool is the earth, humbles Himself and comes to Bethany, seated on a dumb beast, on a foal. Then the children of the Hebrews, holding branches in their hands, praise him saying: ‘Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he that comes, the king of Israel.

Let us also come today, all the new Israel, the Church of the Gentiles, and let us cry with the prophet “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem; for behold, Thy King comes unto Thee: he is meek and brings salvation, and he rides upon the colt of an ass, the foal of a beast of burden.” Keep the feast with the children, and holding branches in your hands sing His praises. Hosanna to the highest: blessed is He that comes, the King of the whole earth.

Prefiguring for us Thy holy Resurrection, loving Lord, by Thy command, Thou hast raised up from death Lazarus, Thy friend, who was without the breath of life; and after four days in the tomb, he had begun to stink. Six days before Passover, O Lord, Thy voice was heard in the depths of hell, and from it Thou hast raised up Lazarus, Thou King of life eternal. Today, the grace of the Holy Spirit has raised us up, and gathered us together, and we all take up Thy cross and say: ‘Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord, the eternal King. Hosanna in the highest.’

Dear friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing, by works of love and self-sacrifice, for this celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Today, we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with that 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 in love, so that, united with Him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.

The faithful hold up their palms.

These palms are blessed by the grace of the All-Holy Spirit, through sprinkling with this holy water: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The priest sprinkles the congregation, and then says this Collect:

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 He leads, to eternal life; who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, unto the Ages of Ages. Amen.

PREFACE TO COMMUNITY ANOINTING IN MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK

Today the Holy Passion shines forth upon the world with the light of salvation. For Christ in his love hastens to his sufferings. He who holds all things in the hollow of His hand consents to be hung upon the Tree, that He might save all humanity; and today He himself is anointed by St Mary of Bethany.

Moved by your tender mercy, O Christ our benefactor, You of Your own will go forth to meet Your Passion, wishing to deliver us from the passions, from sickness unto death, from divided heart and mind, and from condemnation. We all sing the praises of Your holy sufferings, and we glorify Your deep self abasement, O Saviour. Amen.

Then follows the anointing as locally practiced, including the Gospel of the anointing at Bethany. 

In Spirit, let us go with Christ to the Mount of Olives, and joining the Apostles, let us lodge with Him for the night. May the All-Holy Spirit humble your heart, and make you watchful as you long for Christ. Prepare yourself for your departure, for near at hand is the coming of the Judge, who favours no one’s person, but loves and heals all souls. Amen.

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[Revd Dr] Andrew Teal Chaplain, Fellow, Lecturer in Patristic & Modern Theology, Pembroke College, Oxford. Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford Warden, Community of the Sisters of the Love of God. ADVANCE NOTICE: Inspiring Service. November 23rd 2018 The Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College Oxford. A panel of speakers to inspire adventurous and fulfilling service. Speakers: Lord David Alton of Liverpool, a leading lay British Catholic; Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, one of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Revd Prof Frances Young, leading British Methodist; and The Most Revd & Rt Hon Prof Rowan Williams (Baron Williams of Oystermouth), formerly Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the world-wide Anglican Church.

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