Monday, March 15, 2010

FW: Palm Sunday Procession

A good reminder from Gottesdienst…


Feed: Gottesdienst Online
Posted on: Monday, March 15, 2010 8:26 AM
Author: Pr. H. R.
Subject: Palm Sunday Procession


The LSB Altar Book has a fine form for the Procession with Palms - as well as many other Holy Week observances. Here is an alternate form that incorporates an evangelical adaptation of the old Latin blessing of the palms as well as rubrics for the change from red to violet vestments.

Palm Sunday Procession: The children are invited to gather in the entryway before the service under the direction of the ushers for the procession with palms.

The Blessing of the Palms:
Pastor: Let us pray. Bless these branches of palm, O Lord, we beseech Thee; and grant that Thy people may spiritually fulfill with true devotion, that which on this day they bodily perform for Thy honor by triumphing over the enemy and by corresponding with great love to the works of Thy mercy. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
People: Amen.

The Processional Gospel is read from the rear of the sanctuary
Pastor: The Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth-phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'" 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

Processional Hymn: LSB #442 'All Glory Laud and Honor'
The liturgical assistants and Celebrant now process in followed by the children with palms as all sing the processional hymn. Once at the altar, the pastor changes his vestments from red – in remembrance of Christ's passion – to violet, the color of our repentance; he also takes up the chasuble for the service of Holy Communion.

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