Sunday, March 24 – Passion Sunday (with the Liturgy of the Palms)

A Coptic Icon of the Triumphal Entry: Jesus sits on a donkey that is walking on coats, with palm branches strewn around by the crowd in the background.

You can join the service, live or later, via YouTube.
The stream begins around 9:45, and the service begins at 10 am (EST). You’re able to watch or re-watch the stream on YouTube at any later time at the same link.

The order of service is available here.
You may want to have it handy while joining the stream. The order of service includes the readings and responses, and the words to the hymns, to make it easier to join in participating via the live stream. It also includes prayers you may wish to use during the reception of the Eucharist.

The Church of the Nativity is running a program for younger folk throughout Lent and through Easter Day, called “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus.”The young people will join the priest at the steps for a prayer, and then will process out with a work of art depicting one or more of the parables they’ll be using.

Today marks the beginning of Holy Week. We move this week from the glory of the palms to the glory of the resurrection, through the dark road of suffering and death. Our service begins today with a great procession, as we wave our palms and remember Jesus entering Jerusalem–but it will conclude with a reading of the passion from Mark’s gospel, as we prepare to follow Jesus to the cross. Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on the day and the beginning of this week:

This week, the centre of the church’s year, is one of striking contrasts: Jesus rides into Jerusalem surrounded by shouts of glory, only to be left alone to die on the cross, abandoned by even his closest friends. Mark’s gospel presents Jesus in his complete human vulnerability: agitated, grieved, scared, forsaken. Though we lament Christ’s suffering and all human suffering, we also expect God’s salvation: in the wine and bread, Jesus promises that his death will mark a new covenant with all people. We enter this holy week thirsty for the completion of God’s astonishing work.

Our cover image is a Coptic icon of the Triumphal Entry.