Palm Sunday, 2023 – Holy Communion

(Modified 2023-04-04: Added audio recordings)

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April 2, 2023

Organ Prelude: Finlandia (Be Still, My Soul)      Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)



Minister: Hosanna to the Son of David

People:    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

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.

Let us pray.

Assist us mercifully, with your help, O Lord God of our salvation., that we may enter into the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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

Glory be to thee, O Lord.

And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth′phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and  immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass.” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise be to thee, O Christ.


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.

As the palms are distributed the children lead us in singing

Hosanna, Hosanna
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna, Hosanna,
Hosanna in the highest!

Lord we lift up Your name
with hearts full of praise
Be exalted oh Lord my God!
Hosanna in the highest! (Glory to the King of Kings!)

Glory, Glory
Glory to the King of Kings!
Glory, Glory,
Glory to the King of Kings!

Let us go forth in peace.                                              
IN the Name of Christ

HYMN IN PROCESSION: # 181 All Glory, Laud, and Honor

All glory, laud, and honor, 
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 we with all creation 
in chorus make reply. 

The people of the Hebrews 
with psalms before thee went; 
our prayer and praise 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. 

Within that blessed City

Thy  praises may we sing
And ever raise hosannas
To our most loving King.

INTROIT: Psalm 118:19-22

OPEN to me the gates of righteousness, / that I may go into them and give thanks unto the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD: / the righteous shall enter into it.
I will thank thee, for thou hast heard me, / and art become my salvation.
THE same stone which the builders refused / is become the head-stone in the corner.
This is the LORD’s doing, / and it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day which the LORD hath made; / we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Help us now, O LORD: / O LORD, send us now prosperity.
BLESSED is he that cometh in the Name of the LORD: / we bless you from the house of the LORD.
The LORD is God, and he hath given us light: / set in order the procession with branches, yea, even up to the horns of the altar.
Thou art my God, and I will thank thee: / thou art my God, and I will praise thee.
O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious: / for his mercy endureth for ever.

THE LESSON: Philippians 2:5-11

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. R./ Thanks be to God

PSALM 22:12-21

MY God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me, / and art so far from my help, and from the words of my complaint?
O my God, I cry in the day-time, but thou hearest not; / and in the night-season also I take no rest.

And thou continuest holy, / O thou worship of Israel.
Our fathers trusted in thee; / they trusted in thee, and thou didst deliver them.

They called upon thee, and were saved; / they put their trust in thee, and were not confounded.
But as for me, I am a worm and no man; / a very scorn of men, and the outcast of the people.

All they that see me laugh me to scorn; / they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads,
Saying, ‘He trusted in God, that he would deliver him; / let him deliver him, if he delighteth in him.’

But thou art he that took me from the womb; / thou wast my hope, when I hanged yet upon my mother’s breasts.
I have been left unto thee ever since I was born; / thou art my God even from my mother’s womb.

O go not from me, for trouble is hard at hand, / and there is none to help me.MANYoxen are come about me; / strong bulls of Bashan close me in on every side.
They gape upon me with their mouths, / as it were a ramping and a roaring lion.

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; / my heart also in the midst of my body is even like melting wax.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my gums, / and thou bringest me into the dust of death.

For many dogs are come about me, / and the council of the wicked layeth siege against me.
They pierced my hands and my feet; I may count all my bones: / they stand staring and looking upon me.

They part my garments among them, / and cast lots upon my vesture.
But be not thou far from me, O LORD; / thou art my succour, haste thee to help me.

Deliver my soul from the sword, / and my life from the power of the dog.
Save me from the Lion’s mouth; / thou hast heard me also from among the horns of the wild oxen.

The Hymn: # 191 To Mock Your Reign

To mock your reign, O dearest Lord,
They made a crown of thorns;
Set you with taunts along the road,
From which no on returns.
They did not know, as we do now,
How glorious is that grown:
That thorns would flower upon your brow, 
Your sorrows heal our own.

In mock acclaim, O gracious Lord,
They snatched a purple cloak,
Your passion turned, for all they cared,
Into a soldier’s joke.
They did not know, as we do now,
That though we merit blame,
You will your robe of mercy throw,
Around our naked shame.

A sceptered reed, O patient Lord, 
They thrust into your hand,
And acted out their grim charade
To its appointed end.
They did not know, as we do now,
Though empires rise and fall
Your Kingdom shall not cease to grow
Till love embraces all.

THE HOLY GOSPEL: MATTHEW 27. 1-54  R. / Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

The congregation may be seated. A dramatic reading of the Gospel follow, with the congregation taking the part of the crowd. We stand as indicated.

Narrator: When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death; and they bound him and led him away and delivered him to Pilate the governor. When Judas, his betrayer, saw that he was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver… to the chief priests and the elders, saying, 

Judas: “I have sinned in betraying innocent blood…” 

Narrator: They said, 

Chief Priests“What is that to us? See to it yourself.” 

Narrator: And throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself… But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, 

Chief Priests“It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.” 

Narrator: So they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying,  “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel,  and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.” Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, 

Pilate: “Are you the King of the Jews?” 

Narrator: Jesus said, 

Jesus: “You have said so.” 

Narrator: But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he made no answer. Then Pilate said to him, 

Pilate: “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?” 

Narrator: But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge; so that the governor wondered greatly.  Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. And they had then a notorious prisoner, called Barab’bas. So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, 

Pilate “Whom do you want me to release for you, Barab’bas or Jesus who is called Christ?” 

Narrator: For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him,

Pilate’s Wife: “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much over him today in a dream.” 

Narrator: Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the people to ask for Barab’bas and destroy Jesus.  The governor again said to them, 

Pilate: “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, 

Crowd/Congregation: Barab’bas.” 

Narrator: Pilate said to them,

Pilate: “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” 

Narrator: They all said, 

Crowd/Congregation: Let him be crucified.” 

Narrator: And he said, 

Pilate: “Why, what evil has he done?” 

Narrator: But they shouted all the more, 

Crowd/Congregation: Let him be crucified.” 

Narrator: So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd saying, 

Pilate: I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.”  And all the people answered, 

Crowd: His blood be on us and on our children!” 

Narrator: Then he released for them Barab’bas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head… and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him they mocked him, saying, 

Soldiers“Hail, King of the Jews!” 

Narrator: And they spat upon him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him. As they went out, they came upon a man of Cyre’ne, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Gol’gotha (which means the place of the skull) they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 

Please stand.

And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus the King of the Jews…” 

Narrator: Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, 

Bystanders: You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 

Narrator: So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 

Chief Priests“He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.  He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him; for he said, “I am the Son of God.'” 

Narrator: And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, 

Jesus“Eli, Eli, la’ma sabach-tha’ni?” 

Narrator: that is, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”  And some of the bystanders hearing it said, 

Bystanders“This man is calling Eli’jah.” 

Narrator: And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink… But the others said, 

Bystanders: “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come and save him.”

Narrator: And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.  And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, 

Centurion“Truly this was the Son of God!”

Narrator: When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said,

Chief Priests: “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’  Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception would be worse than the first.” 

Narrator: Pilate said to them, 

Pilate: “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.”

Narrator: So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

R. / Praise be to thee, O Christ.     The service continues with the Creed on p. 71                                 


I BELIEVE in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible:
     And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, Begotten of the Father before all worlds; God, of God; Light, of Light; Very God, of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; Through whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man, And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end.
     And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, The Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets. And I believe One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the Life of the world to come. Amen.

THE SERMON                                                                 


THE HYMN: # 184 My Song is Love Unknown

My song is love unknown,
my Savior’s love to me,
love to the loveless shown
that they might lovely be.
O who am I, 
that for my sake
my Lord should take 
frail flesh, and die?

He came from his blest throne
salvation to bestow,
but all made strange, and none
the longed-for Christ would know;
but O my friend, 
my friend indeed,
who at my need 
his life did spend.

Sometimes they strew his way,
and his sweet praises sing,
resounding all the day
hosannas to their King.
Then “Crucify!” 
is all their breath,
and for his death 
they thirst and cry.

Why, what has my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
he gave the blind their sight.
Sweet injuries! 
Yet they at these
themselves displease, 
and ‘gainst him rise.

They rise, and needs will have
my dear Lord made away;
a murderer they save,
the Prince of Life they slay.
Yet cheerful he 
to suffering goes,
that he his foes 
from thence might free.

Here might I stay and sing,
no story so divine;
never was love, dear King,
never was grief like thine!
This is my friend, 
in whose sweet praise
I all my days 
could gladly spend.


BLESSED be thou, LORD God of Israel, for ever and ever. All that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine. All things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. 1 Chronicles 29. 10, 11, 14.



ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who by thy holy Apostle hast taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks, for all men: We humbly beseech thee most mercifully to accept our alms and oblations, and to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto thy Divine Majesty; beseeching thee to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: And grant that all they that do confess thy holy Name may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love. Lord in your mercy hear our prayer
     We beseech thee also to lead all nations in the way of righteousness; and so to guide and direct their governors and rulers, that thy people may enjoy the blessings of freedom and peace: And grant unto thy servant Charles III our King, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and impartially administer justice, to the maintenance of thy true religion and virtue. Lord in your mercy hear our prayer
   Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, and specially to thy servant GREGORY our Metropolitan and Helen our Bishop, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth thy true and living Word, and rightly and duly administer thy holy Sacraments: Prosper, we pray thee, all those who proclaim the Gospel of thy kingdom among the nations: And to all thy people give thy heavenly grace, and specially to this congregation here present, that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive thy holy Word; truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life.

   And we most humbly beseech thee of thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succourall them, who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity, especially those for whom our prayers are desired. 
     We remember before thee, O Lord, all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear, and we bless thy holy Name for all who in life and death have glorified thee; beseeching thee to give us grace that, rejoicing in the fellowship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the Saints, we may follow their good examples, and with them be partakers of thy heavenly kingdom. Lord in your mercy hear our prayer
Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.


YE that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead the new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways: Draw near with faith, and take this holy Sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.

ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men: We acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we from time to time most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these our misdoings. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him: Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen



THE Lord be with you;
And with thy spirit.
Lift up your hearts;
We lift them up unto the Lord.
Let us give thanks unto our Lord God;
It is meet and right so to do.

Then shall the Priest turn to the Lord’s Table, and say:

IT is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God, Creator and Preserver of all things. THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore with Angels, and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee and saying: (sing)

HOLY, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts,
Heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.
BLESSED is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

BLESSING and glory and thanksgiving be unto thee Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption; who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memorial of that his precious death, until his coming again.
     Hear us, O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech thee; and grant that we receiving these thy creatures of bread and wine, according to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took Bread; and, when he had given thanks, he brake 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. Likewise after supper he took the Cup; and, when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all, of this; for this is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins: Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.
    Wherefore, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, we thy humble servants, with all thy holy Church, remembering the precious death of thy beloved Son, his mighty resurrection, and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming again in glory, do make before thee, in this sacrament of the holy Bread of eternal life and the Cup of everlasting salvation, the memorial which he hath commanded; And we entirely desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, most humbly beseeching thee to grant, that by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and all thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion; And we pray that by the power of thy Holy Spirit, all we who are partakers of this holy Communion may be fulfilled with thy grace and heavenly benediction; through Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen, Amen, Amen

THE peace of the Lord be always with you;
And with thy spirit.


WE do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, Trusting in our own righteousness, But in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy So much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, Whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, So to eat the Flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, And to drink his Blood, That our sinful bodies may be made clean by his Body, And our souls washed through his most precious Blood, And that we may evermore dwell in him, And he in us. Amen.


What shall I render to the Lord for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.
I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people
In the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. 
(Psalm 116.12-14, 17-19)

Communion Song: # 530 De noche iremos (By night, we hasten, in darkness)

De noche iremos, de noche
que para encontrar la fuente,
sólo la sed nos alumbra,
sólo la sed nos alumbra.

By night, we hasten, in darkness,
to search for living water,
only our thirst leads us onward,
only our thirst leads us onward.


Let us pray.
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 them that 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.

     ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee that thou dost graciously feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; assuring us thereby of thy favourand goodness towards us; and that we are living members of his mystical body, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs through hope of thy everlasting kingdom.
     And here we offer and present unto thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee. And although we are unworthy, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.


GLORY be to God on high, and in earth peace, good will towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.
     O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesu Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.
     For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.



HYMN: # 182 Ride On, Ride on in Majesty

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 angel-squadrons of the sky
look down with sad and wondering eyes
to see the approaching sacrifice.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Thy 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. 


Organ Postlude: The Palms – Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)