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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (B)

Liturgical Color: Red

Themes: triumph/passion, glory/suffering

Opening Antiphon:

Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the highest. Matthew 21:9 [Roman Missal]

Hosanna filio David: benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Rex Israel: Hosanna in excelsis.
Psalm 118 Confitemini Domino, quoniam bonus, quoniam in saeculum misericordia eius. Other verses follow. [Graduale Romanum, p.137]

Hosanna filio David: benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Rex Israel: Hosanna in excelsis.
[Gregorian Missal, p.272]

Hosanna filio David: benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini. Rex Israel: Hosanna in excelsis.
Psalm 118 Confitemini Domino, quoniam bonus, quoniam in saeculum misericordia eius. Other verses follow. [Graduale simplex, p.115]

Gospel:

Mark 11:1-10 [Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. /v.9]'

— or —

John 12:12-16 [Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. /v.13]

Processional Antiphons:

  1. The children of the Hebrews, carrying olive branches,
    wnet to meet the Lord, crying out and saying:
    Hosanna in the highest. [Roman Missal]
    Verses of Psalm 24 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

    — or —

  2. The children of Jerusalem welcomed Christ the King. The children of the Hebrews spread their garments on the road,
    crying out and saying: Hosanna to the Son of David;
    blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. [Roman Missal]
    Verses of Psalm 47 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.
  1. Pueri Hebraeorum, portantes ramos olivarum, obviaverunt Domino, clamantes et dicentes: «Hosanna in excelsis.» [Graduale Romanum, p.138]
    Verses of Psalm 24 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

    — or —

  2. Pueri Hebraeorum vestimenta prosternebant in via, et clamabant dicentes: «Hosanna filio David: benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.» [Graduale Romanum, p.140]
    Verses of Psalm 47 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.
  1. Pueri Hebraeorum, portantes ramos olivarum, obviaverunt Domino, clamantes et dicentes: «Hosanna in excelsis.» [Gregorian Missal, p.274]

    — or —

  2. Pueri Hebraeorum vestimenta prosternebant in via, et clamabant dicentes: «Hosanna filio David: benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.» [Gregorian Missal, p.274]
  1. Pueri Hebraeorum, portantes ramos olivarum, obviaverunt Domino, clamantes et dicentes: «Hosanna in excelsis.» [Graduale simplex, p.116]
    Verses of Psalm 24 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

    — or —

  2. Pueri Hebraeorum vestimenta prosternebant in via, et clamabant dicentes: «Hosanna filio David: benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.» [Graduale simplex, p.118]
    Verses of Psalm 47 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Hymn to Christ the King:

Glory and honor and praise be to you, Christ, King and Redeemer,
to whom young children cried out loving Hosannas with joy. [Verses can be found in Roman Missal]

Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit... [Graduale Romanum, p.141]

Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit... [Gregorian Missal, p.275]

Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit... [Graduale simplex, p.119]

Responsory on Entry into Church:

  • R)  As the Lord entered the holy city, the children of the Hebrews proclaimed the resurrection of life. Waving their branches of palm, they cried: Hosanna in the highest.
  • V)  When the people heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they went out to meet him. Waving their branches of palm, they cried: Hosanna in the highest. [Roman Missal]
  1. Ingrediente Domino in sanctam civitatem, Hebraeorum pueri resurrectionem vitae pronuntiantes, Cum ramis palmarum: «Hosanna, clamabant, in excelsis.» [Graduale Romanum, p.143]
  1. Ingrediente Domino in sanctam civitatem, Hebraeorum pueri resurrectionem vitae pronuntiantes, Cum ramis palmarum: «Hosanna, clamabant, in excelsis.» [Gregorian Missal, p.277]
  1. Hosanna in excelsis: benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini: Hosanna in excelsis. [Graduale simplex, p.121]
    Verses of Psalm 118 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:

Six days before the Passover,
when the Lord came into the city of Jerusalem,
the children ran to meet him;
in their hands they carried palm branches
and with a loud voice cried out:
Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy!
O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!
Who is this king of glory?
He, the Lord of hosts, he is the king of glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy! [Roman Missal]

Iudica me Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta: ab homine iniquo et doloso eripe me: quia tu es Deus meus, et fortitudo mea.
Ps. Emitte lucem tuam, et veritatem tuam: ipsa me deduxerunt, et adduxerunt in montem sanctum tuum, et in tabernacula tua. [Graduale Romanum, p.120]

Iudica me Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta: ab homine iniquo et doloso eripe me: quia tu es Deus meus, et fortitudo mea.
Ps. Emitte lucem tuam, et veritatem tuam: ipsa me deduxerunt, et adduxerunt in montem sanctum tuum, et in tabernacula tua. [Gregorian Missal, p.265]

Deus meus, eripe me de manu peccatoris. [Graduale simplex, p.108]
Verses of Psalm 71 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Collect:

Al- mighty ever-living God
who as an example of humility for the human race to follow
caused our Savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross,

gra- ciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering
and so merit a share in his Re- sur-rec- tion.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Ho-ly Spirit,
one God, for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Isaiah 50:4-7 [I gave My back to those who strike Me. /v.6]
  • Psalm 22:8-9 / 17-18 / 19-20 / 23-24 [R. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? /v.2]
    See CNP's Psalm 22 and Responsorial Psalms and Gospel Acclamations for Holy Week
  • Philippians 2:6-11 [He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. /v.8]
  • Gospel Verse: Phil 2:8-9 [Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.]
    See CNP's Responsorial Psalms and Gospel Acclamations for Holy Week
  • Mark 14:1 - 15:47 [The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ]

Offertory Antiphon:

Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak, I looked for sympathy, but there was none; for comforters, and I found none. Rather they put gall in my food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.Psalm 69:21-22 **
Verses of Psalm 22 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Improperium exspectavit cor meum, et miseriam: et sustinui qui simul contristaretur, et non fuit: consolantem me quaesivi, et non in veni: et dederunt in escam meam fel, et in siti mea potaverunt me aceto. Psalm 69:21-22 [Graduale Romanum, p.123]

Improperium exspectavit cor meum, et miseriam: et sustinui qui simul contristaretur, et non fuit: consolantem me quaesivi, et non in veni: et dederunt in escam meam fel, et in siti mea potaverunt me aceto. Psalm 69:21-22 [Gregorian Missal, p.283]

Iudica causam meam: defende, quia potens es Domine. [Graduale simplex, p.112]
Verses of Psalm 22 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Prayer over the Offerings:

Through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son, O Lord,
may our reconciliation with you be hear at hand,

so that, though we do not merit it by our own deeds
yet by this sacrifice made once for all,
we may feel already the effects of your mer- cy.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Preface for Palm Sunday: [The Passion of the Lord]

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

For, though innocent, he suffered willingly for sinners
and accepted unjust condemnation to save the guilty.
His Death has washed away our sins,
and his Resurrection has purchased our justification.

And so, with all the Angels,
we praise you, as in joyful celebration we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…

Communion Antiphon:

Father, if this chalice cannot pass without my drinking it,
your will be done. Matthew 26:42 [Roman Missal]

Pater, si non potest hic calix transire, nisi bibam illum: fiat voluntas tua. Matthew 26:42 [Graduale Romanum, p.484]
Psalm 22:2,3,5,7,15cd,17ab,17c-18,22,23,24,28,30c-31a,31b-32 --or-- Psalm 116:10,11,12,13,14,15,16ab,16c-17,18,19 can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Pater, si non potest hic calix transire, nisi bibam illum: fiat voluntas tua. Matthew 26:42 [Gregorian Missal, p.285]

Pater, si non potest hic calix transire, nisi bibam illum, fiat voluntas tua. [Graduale simplex, p.113]
Verses of Psalm 116 can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Prayer after Communion:

Nour- ished with these sacred gifts
we humbly beseech you, O Lord,

that, just as through the death of your Son
you have brought us to hope for what we be- lieve,

so by his Resurrection
you may lead us to where you call.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Prayer over the People:

Look, we pray, O Lord, on this your family,
for whom our Lord Jesus Christ
did not hesitate to be delivered into the hands of the wicked
and submit to the agony of the Cross.
Who lives and reigns for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

** An official, approved English translation of the Offertory Antiphon has never been published. The offertory antiphon used here is from the New American Bible, a Scripture translation approved for liturgical use in the United States.

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