Palm Sunday Service

As well as the order of service for Holy Week printed below, Rev Debbie felt that this painting by the  renaissance artist Giotto di Bodone, The Entry into Jersualem  might be an appropriate image for Palm Sunday this year, bringing to mind that his homeland of Italy has been particularly hard hit by the spread of Covid 19 virus. Whilst researching this, she also found a meditation based on the picture. This can be accessed by following the link.


Holy Eucharist for Palm Sunday

This booklet is designed to help you follow the service and includes guidance notes.

The first part of this service commemorates, with the procession of palms, the triumphal entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday at the beginning of Holy Week. It is followed by the reading of The Passion Narrative, in which the whole story of Holy Week is anticipated with a rich complex of themes: humble Christian service expressed through Christ's washing of his disciples' feet, the institution of the Eucharist, the perfection of Christ's loving obedience through the agony of Gethsemane.

Commemoration of the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem

At this point, during a hymn, those carrying branches would normally be invited to follow the clergy into the sanctuary and to place their greenery either side of the sanctuary before returning to their seats.

The Greeting

The president greets the people.

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 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 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.

The people hold up their palms for this prayer and for the sprinkling.

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.

The Palm Gospel

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

All               Glory to you, O Lord.

Matthew 21.1–11

 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,   ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.   If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’   This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’  The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;   they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.   A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.   The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’   When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’   The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All               Praise to you, O Christ

The Collect                         

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, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.               All   Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word                                  

             Isaiah 50.4–9a

The servant of the Lord said:  The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens –wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.  The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backwards.  I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.  The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;  he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

The Passion Gospel - Matthew 26.14 to 27.end.

A dramatised version of this reading can be found here.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

 President    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. Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer

           The Lord is here.                                      His Spirit is with us

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

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

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.

Deacon      Praise to you, Lord Jesus:

All              Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life: Lord Jesus, come in glory.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of St. Michael and all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.  Amen.             

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray for the forgiveness of our sins as Jesus taught us:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.  Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Agnus Dei

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

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Prayer after Communion

President    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 courage to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King, to the glory of God the Father.

Faithful God, may we who share this banquet glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
our salvation, life and hope, who reigns as Lord now and for ever.  Amen.


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

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. Amen.

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

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

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.    In the name of Christ. Amen.

Recessional hymn verse 

                   Now let us from this table rise,

                   renewed in body, mind and soul,

                   with Christ we die and live again,

                   his selfless love has made us whole.

The Passion Gospel
Dramatised presentation of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Palm Sunday Reflection
Entry into Jerusalem by Giotto di Bodone