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palm 1Scripture – Luke 19:35-40

Then they brought [the colt] to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.   As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.

As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.”

He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

Prayer for the Day

Dear God,

Forgive us for the times when we are silent when we need to speak.   For the times when we face an injustice but just look the other way.  For the times when a word of faith and comfort is needed, but we are mute instead.   For the times that need a witness to Christ, but it’s just easier or more comfortable to let the occasion pass.  Lord, from the earliest of days, people you have called have at times questioned or doubted their ability to speak in your name.  Give us today the assurance, the faith, the courage, and the delight of speaking out for your love, grace, mercy and truth.


palm 1Sacred Writing 

“As the eleventh hour draws near, that particular passage from scripture is read in which the children bearing palms and branches came forth to meet the Lord, saying:  “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”  The bishop and all the people rise immediately, and then everyone walks down from the top of the Mount of Olives, with the people preceding the bishop and responding continually with “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord” to the hymns and antiphons.  All the children who are present here, including those who are not yet able to walk because they are too young and therefore are carried on their parents’ shoulders, all of them bear branches, some carrying palms, others, olive branches.  And the bishop is led in the same manner as the Lord once was led.  From the top of the mountain as far as the city, and from there through the entire city as far as the Anastasis, everyone accompanies the bishop the whole way on foot, and this includes distinguished ladies and men of consequence, reciting the responses all the while.”

Egeria, from her journal from the 4th Century, written while in Jerusalem


Prayer for the Day

Dear Lord,

As we draw close to Palm Sunday and Holy Week, we give thanks for the centuries upon centuries of Christian witness to our Savior.   We are a part of that thread.  What will we do to pass that witness on?  Will we sing and wave branches this Sunday in remembrance of our Lord?   What might we do today – at work, at school, at home, in our community — to witness to the place that Christ has in our lives?


palm 1Scripture   

Psalm 118: 19-28

19Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.

20This is the gate of the LORD;   the righteous shall enter through it.

21I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

22The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

23This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

 24This is the day that the LORD has made;  let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25Save us, we beseech you, O LORD!   O LORD, we beseech you, give us success!

26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD.  We bless you from the house of the LORD.

27The LORD is God, and he has given us light.  Bind the festal procession with branches,

up to the horns of the altar.

28You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;



Dear Lord,

We will follow you this Sunday to Jerusalem.  As you make your entrance through those city gates, enter into our own hearts, we pray.  Draw us into the procession that glorifies and exalts you, that casts their cloaks before you and waves those branches of palms.  As for today, strengthen us to be your disciples so that we not only follow you, but may help others to find the way.


palm 1Scripture – Luke 19: 28-34

[Jesus] went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.  When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.'”

So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them.  As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord needs it.”


Prayer for Today

Dear Lord,

In what ways, Lord, do you come to us and claim a part of our life?   In what ways are we told that you need a part of our life – our time, our energy, our compassion, our love, our resources?   Help us to untie ourselves so that we freely respond to serve you and your kingdom.