Church of England Diocese of Salisbury Foxham

A Palm Sunday Service

The Marden Vale Team Ministry - Palm Sunday 2020

Welcome and Introduction

Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

Hosanna in the highest

The Lord be with you

and also with you

Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again.

Let us go with him in our minds and in our hearts,

in faith and in love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.

Reading of the Palm Gospel - Matthew 21:1-11 NEB

Jesus and his disciples were nearing Jerusalem; and when they reached Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of them with these instructions: ‘Go into the village opposite, where you will at once find a donkey tethered with her foal beside her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone speaks to you, say, “Our Master needs them”; and he will let you take them at once.’ This was to fulfil the prophecy, which says, ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, “Here is your king, who comes to you in gentleness, riding on an ass, riding on the foal of a beast of burden.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed, and brought the donkey and her foal; they laid their cloaks on them and Jesus mounted. Crowds of people carpeted the road with their cloaks, and some cut branches from the trees to spread in his path. Then the crowd that went ahead and the others that came behind raised the shout: ’Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the heavens!’

When he entered Jerusalem the whole city went wild with excitement. ‘Who is this?’ people asked, and the crowd replied, ‘This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.’

This is the Gospel of Christ

Praise to Christ our Lord

Blessing of the Palms

If you’ve managed to make your own palm cross or you have one from a previous year, hold it up for this blessing:

Bless these palm crosses, loving God. May they help us to praise you from our hearts today. May they help us to understand how much you love us especially during these difficult times. As we live through this Holy Week, may our crosses remind us that you have promised to be with us always. May we know your presence with us; and sing your praises as we follow you each day.

What a strange paradox; the King is coming, the people rejoice, singing ‘Hosanna in the highest!’ yet fail to understand that the King they welcome is the Servant King, the King who washes his disciples’ feet, the King who came not with an army but a weapon so powerful that not even death could resist, the sacrificial love of God laid out upon a Cross.

Lord God, as we sing our ‘Hosannas’ today may we remember also that which you were riding toward; the suffering and rejection, pain and humiliation, the cruel Cross.

The Collect Prayer for today

Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards humankind

sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to take upon him our flesh

and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example

of his patience and humility,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Reading of the Passion

Musical Reflection…


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven

Hallowed be thy name

Thy kingdom, thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory

For ever and ever. Amen.

Final Prayer and Blessing

Lord, we tell your story

We follow in your footsteps

Lead us into Holy Week

We walk towards the city

We wait in the garden

Lead us onto Holy Ground

We journey towards death

We hope for resurrection

Lead us into Holy Joy. Amen.

As we honour Jesus as King today

May our praising hearts and obedient lives

bring him glory;

and the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

be with you always. Amen.


You might also like to listen to or sing along to some Palm Sunday hymns before or after the Service:

All Glory Laud and Honour

My Song is Love Unknown

Ride On, Ride On in Majesty