Next update - Friday 10th April
PALM SUNDAY: REFLECTION
The Church of the Dominus Flevit is situated on the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives and is said to mark the place where Jesus wept over the city on his triumphal entry into Jerusalem - the event Christians recall on Palm Sunday. St Luke records Jesus weeping as he and his motley band were approaching the Kidron Valley on their way to the Herodian temple. It was there that the ‘business of religion’ was flourishing apace and where those, tasked with opening the door for the Bridegroom on his arrival, who were too busy making money that they were unable to recognise the things that make for peace! A King riding a donkey was not enough to make them change their gaze! St Matthew adds a comical detail to his version as he has Jesus, the Saviour of the world, riding on a donkey AND a colt in full view of the Roman garrison and the religious heavyweights! They must have laughed their heads off. Over the next few days we will recall and celebrate this Jesus who is both Saviour and King of the world. Today we add our voices to that motley band and shout ‘Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ and pray that the Lord of life will open our hearts to that which makes for peace in our world.
COLLECT FOR THE DAY
Eternal Father, your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ fulfilled you will by taking our nature and giving his life for us: help us to follow the example of his humility by walking in the way of the cross; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
PSALM 31 9-18
9 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble :
my eye wastes away for grief,
my throat also and my inward parts.
10 For my life wears out in sorrow,
and my years with sighing :
my strength fails me in my affliction,
and my bones are consumed.
11 I am become the scorn of all my enemies :
and my neighbours wag their heads in derision.
12 I am a thing of horror to my friends :
and those that see me in the street shrink from me.
13 I am forgotten like a dead man out of mind :
I have become like a broken vessel.
14 For I hear the whispering of many :
and fear is on every side;
15 While they plot together against me :
and scheme to take away my life.
16 But in you, Lord, have I put my trust :
I have said ‘You are my God.’
17All my days are in your hand:
O deliver me from the power of my enemies
and from my persecutors.
18Make your face to shine upon your servant:
and save me for your mercy’s sake
God bless the world,
Give it wisdom at this time
Grant us relief and release,
Be with those who are ill,
And bless the carers fighting this pandemic
For Jesus Christ sake
Isaiah 50: 4-9a Philippians 2: 5-11
Psalm 31: 9-18 Matthew 26: 14 -27:66
We beseech you O Lord, pour your grace into our hearts;
that as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ,
by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion
we may be brought into the glory of his resurrection
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord Amen
Lord God, in this season of fear and uncertainty,
as we face the threat of the COVID-19
Grant us the wisdom and determination to walk in one another’s shoes,
The confidence and the humility to draw closer to you and those affected,
Empower us to pastor those who are ill, to weep for the dead, to support the healers and to care for and love one another.
And the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with us now and always. Amen
8 am: Morning Prayers
NOON: Mass - Bells to be rung out for 10 or 15 seconds as a signal to those, in every Province of our country, who are ill or live in fear, despair and perhaps anger, assuring them that God is here, that He loves us, that we are not alone and that this too shall pass.
6 am: Evening Prayers
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GOSPEL READINGS FOR THE WEEK
John 12: 1-11
John 13: 1-17;31b-35
John 12: 20-36
John 18: 1-19:42
John 13: 21-32
READINGS FOR NEXT WEEK
Colossians 3: 1-4
Psalm 118: 1-2,14-24
John 20 1-18