Lent #6 ~ April 13
The Way of Lent ~ 2019
Scripture for the Liturgy of the Palms ~ Psalm 118 • Luke 19:28-40
Scriptures for the Liturgy of the Passion ~ Psalm 31:9-16 • Isaiah 50:4-9 • Philippians 2:5-10 • Luke 22:14-23:-56
Palm Sunday (Palm Saturday in our case) binds together Holy Week of one year with the Ash Wednesday of the following year. Humanity’s highest aspiration, to proclaim Christ King, is met with humanity’s brokenness and sin. Palm branches that are waved in worship are burned and smudged on our foreheads reminding us of the great need we have of a greater Savior.
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.