Palm/Passion Sunday (Year A)

The service may begin with the Liturgy of the Palms (opening sentences, a brief prayer, the gospel reading of the entrance into Jerusalem, and the processional hymn). The service may then proceed to the Liturgy of the Passion, which includes an extended reading of the passion narrative.


Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Zechariah 9:9

Prayer of the Day

Merciful God, as we enter Holy week and gather for worship, turn our hearts again to Jerusalem, and to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Stir up within us the gift of faith that we may not only praise him with our lips, but may follow him in the way of the cross.

Prayer of Confession

O Lord, who on this day entered the rebellious city which later rejected you:
    we confess that our wills are as rebellious as Jerusalem's,
    that our faith is often more show than substance,
    that our hearts are in need of cleansing.
Have mercy on us, son of David, savior of our lives.
Help us to lay at your feet
    all that we have and all that we are, trusting you
    to forgive what is sinful,
    to heal what is broken,
    to welcome our praises
    and to receive us as your own.

Hymn suggestions

"Hosanna, Loud Hosanna"
"Jesus, Remember Me"
"Stay With Me"
"Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!"

Written by John Paarlberg, pastor of First Church in Albany, New York