Sunday Readings – Palm Sunday

Priest of the Owerri Archdiocese at the 2015 Palm Sunday Procession




Six days before the Passover, when the Lord came into the city of Jerusalem, the children ran to meet him; in their hands they carried palm branches and with a loud voice cried out.



Almighty everlasting God, who as an example of humility for the human race to follow caused our Saviour to take flesh and submit to the cross, graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you…



A reading from the Book of  Isaiah 50:4-7

“1 hid not my face from shame, and I know I shall not be put to shame. Third song of the Servant of the Lord.”

The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him that is weary.

Morning by morning he wakens, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord GOD helps me;

therefore I have not been confounded; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.

The word of the Lord.


RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 22:89.I7-18a.19-20.2324 (R. 2a)

  1. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
  2. All who see me deride me; they curl their lips, they toss their heads:

“    He trusted in the LORD, let him save him; let him release him, for in him he delights.” R.


  1. For dogs have surrounded me; a band of the wicked besets me. They tear holes in my hands and my feet; I can count every one of my bones. R.


  1. They divide my clothing among them, they cast lots for my robe. But you, O LORD, do not stay afar off; my strength, make haste to help me! R.


  1. I will tell of your name to my kin, and praise you in the midst of the assembly; “You who fear the LORD, give him praise; all descendents of Jacob, give him glory; revere him, all you descendants of Israel.” R.



A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 2:6-11

“He humbled himself and God has highly exalted him.”

Christ Jesus, 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.

The word of the Lord.


VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL Philippians 2:8b-9

  1. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
  2. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
  3. Christ became obedient for us unto death, even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted him: and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.

  1. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.






Prayer over the Offerings

Through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son, 0 Lord, may our reconciliation with you be near at hand, so that, though we do not merit it by our own deeds, yet by this sacrifice made once for all, we may feel already the effects of your mercy. Through Christ our Lord.



Father, if this chalice cannot pass without my drinking it, your will be done.



Nourished with these sacred gifts, we humbly beseech you, 0 Lord, that just as through the death of your Son you have brought us to hope for what we believe, so by his Resurrection you may lead us to where you call. Through Christ our Lord.




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