Palm Sunday – Morning Prayer

Introduction to each hour (Same introduction used everyday unless stated) to be skipped at morning prayer if morning prayer is done immediately after invitatory

  • O God, come to my aid;
  • O Lord, make haste to help me
  • Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. world without end. Amen.

Opening Hymn;

O Cross of Christ, immortal tree
On which our Saviour died,
The world is sheltered by your arms
That bore the Crucified.

From bitter death and barren wood
the tree of life is made;
Its branches bear unfailing fruit
And leaves that never fade.

O faithful Cross, you stand unmoved
While ages run their course;
Foundation of the universe,
Creation’s minding force.

Give glory to the risen Christ
And to his Cross give praise,
The sign of God’s unfailing love,
The hope of all our days.

Psalmody

Anthipon 1 : I sat teaching at the Temple day after day and you never laid hands on me. Now you scrounged me and lead me to be crucified.

Psalm 118(119):105-112(NUN)

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,*
and a light unto my path.
I have sworn, and I will perform it,*
that I will keep thy righteous judgments.

I am afflicted very much: quicken me,*
O Lord, according unto thy word.
Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth,*
O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.

My soul is continually in my hand:*
yet do I not forget thy law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me:*
yet I erred not from thy precepts.

Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever:*
for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes always,*
even unto the end

Anthipon 1 : I sat teaching at the Temple day after day and you never laid hands on me. Now you scrounged me and lead me to be crucified.

Anthipon 2 : The Lord God, help me; no insult can would me.

Psalm 15(16)

Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.*
I say to the Lord: “You are my God.”
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;*
it is you yourself who are my prize.”

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,*
who even at night directs my heart.
I keep the Lord ever in my sight:*
since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.

And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;*
even my body shall rest in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead,*
nor let your beloved know decay.

You will show me the path of life,+
the fullness of joy in your presence,*
at your right hand happiness for ever.

Anthipon 2 : The Lord God, help me; no insult can would me.

Anthipon 3: The Lord Jesus humbled himself and, in obedience, accepted death, even death on a cross.

Canticle (Phil 2: 6-11)

Who, being in the form of God,
did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

but made Himself of no reputation,
taking the form of a bond servant,
and coming in the likeness of men.

And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death,
even the death of the cross.

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him
and given Him the name which is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Anthipon 3 : The Lord Jesus humbled himself and, in obedience, accepted death, even death on a cross.

Scripture (Zech 9:9)

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Short Responsory

  • You have redeemed us Lord by your blood
  • From every tribe and tongue and people and and nation
  • Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. world without end. Amen.

Benedictus Anthipon

Anthipon: With waving palm branches let us adore the Lord as he comes; let us go to meet him with hymns and songs, rejoicing and singing: Blessed be the Lord.

Benedictus (Canticle of Zachary) Canticle used every morning and never changes.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,
through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Intercessions

  • Let us adore Christ the Lord. When he entered Jerusalem, the crowds proclaimed him Messiah and king
    • Response: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
  • Hosanna to you, the Son of David, the king of ages- hosanna to you in your triumph over over death and hell.
    • Response: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
  • You went up to Jerusalem to endure the passion and enter into your glory-lead your Church into the paschal feast of eternal life.
    • Response: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
  • You made your your Cross the tree of life-share your victory with all the baptized
    • Response: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
  • You came to save sinners -bring into your kingdom all who believe, hope and love
    • Response: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
  • Personal intentions with the response repeated for each intention.
    • Response: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Concluding Prayer

Almighty, ever living God,
you gave our Saviour the command
to become man and undergo the Cross
as an example of humility for all men to follow.
We have the lessons of his sufferings
give us also the fellowship of his resurrection.

Conclusion of the hours (Repeated at every hour of the day except at night)

We make our prayer our Lord Jesus Christ your son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the holy spirit, one God forever and ever.

May the lord bless us, keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen

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