Blessing of Palms, Procession & Choral Eucharist – Palm Sunday
The preparation and penitence of Lent comes to a climax in the events of Holy Week and Easter. Palm Sunday is the first of these events and we begin in celebratory mood.
Setting: Missa brevis – Zoltán Kodály
Psalm: 118: 19-29
Sermon: The Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce, Rector of St Bride’s
Anthem: Hosanna to the Son of David – Orlando Gibbons
Organ Voluntary: Postlude for Organ, Set 2 Op 105, No 6 in D minor – Charles Villiers Stanford
The crowds hail Jesus as their Messiah, laying palms before him as he enters Jerusalem as they cry, “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Yet Christ enters his own city in order to complete his work as our Saviour through his suffering, death and resurrection.
During our first hymn the congregation leave the church and process around it singing, blessed palm crosses held aloft as symbols of Jesus’ coming victory and in re-enactment of that triumphant day:
‘All glory, laud, and honour
to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring.’
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