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Holy Eucharist, Rite II (March 24, 2024)

Palm Sunday March 24 2024
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Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.


Dear friends in Christ, for five weeks of Lent we have been preparing, by works of charity and self-sacrifice, for the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal mystery. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the whole Church throughout the world. Christ entered in triumph into his own city, to complete his work as our Messiah: to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us remember with devotion this entry which began his saving work and follow him with a lively faith. United with him in his suffering on the cross, may we share his resurrection and new life.


Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Lord Be With You

And Also With You

Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God

It is right to give him thanks and praise

It is right to praise you, Almighty God, for the acts of love by which you have redeemed us through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. On this day he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph, and was proclaimed as King of kings by those who spread their garments and branches of palm along his way. Let these branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns in glory with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.


Celebrant: Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord

People: Hosanna in the Highest


Celebrant: Let us go forth in peace.

People In the name of Christ. Amen.


Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord.

God is the Lord who has shined upon us.


Let us pray. Almighty God, you have shown us in your Son the true way of blessedness: Give us grace to take up our cross and follow him, in the strength of patience, and in constancy of faith; and grant us such fellowship with him in his suffering, that we may know the secret of his strength and peace; who now lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

THE PROCESSIONAL: All Glory Laud And Honor


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.



The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to

sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens-- wakens my

ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and

I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who

struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide

my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not

been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall

not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with

me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront

me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM 31:9-16 In te, Domine, speravi

9 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; *

my eye is consumed with sorrow,

and also my |throat and my belly.

10 For my life is wasted with grief,

and my |years with sighing; *

my strength fails me because of affliction,

and my bones are consumed.

11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my


a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *

when they see me in the street they avoid me.

12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of |mind; *

I am as useless as a broken pot.

13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd;

fear is all around; *

they put their heads together against me;

they plot to take my life.

14 But as for me, I have trusted in you, O LORD. *

I have said, "You are my God.

15 My times are in your hand; *

rescue me from the hand of my enemies,

and from those who persecute me.

16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *

and in your loving kindness save me."


Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

Who, though he was in the form of God,

did not regard equality with God

as something to be exploited,

but emptied himself,

taking the form of a slave,

being born in human likeness.

And being found in human form,

he humbled himself

and became obedient to the point of death--

even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him

and gave him the name

that is above every name,

so that at the name of Jesus

every knee should bend,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue should confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

SEQUENCE HYMN: Ride On, King Jesus

THE GOSPEL MARK 14:1-15:47

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

Glory to you, Lord Christ

The congregation remaining seated, the Passion Gospel is read in parts, led by a narrator

who begins by saying:

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark.

It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread.

The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by

stealth and kill him; for they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a

riot among the people.”

While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the

table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard,

and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. But some

were there who said to one another in anger, “Why was the ointment wasted

in this way? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three

hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her.

But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a

good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, and you can

show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me.

She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its

burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole

world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”

Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in

order to betray him to them. When they heard it, they were greatly pleased,

and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to

betray him.

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed,

his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the

preparations for you to eat the Passover?” So he sent two of his disciples,

saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet

you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The

Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my

disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make

preparations for us there.” So the disciples set out and went to the city, and

found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

When it was evening, he came with the twelve. And when they had taken

their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray

me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be distressed and to say to

him one after another, “Surely, not I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve,

one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. For the Son of Man goes as

it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!

It would have been better for that one not to have been born.”

While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke

it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and

after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said

to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly

I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I

drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. And

Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters; for it is written,

‘I will strike the shepherd,

and the sheep will be scattered.’

But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter said to him,

“Even though all become deserters, I will not.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell

you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me

three times.” But he said vehemently, “Even though I must die with you, I will

not deny you.” And all of them said the same.

They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit

here while I pray.” He took with him Peter and James and John, and began

to be distressed and agitated. And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved,

even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” And going a little farther, he

threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour

might pass from him. He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible;

remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” He came

and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep?

Could you not keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may

not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And once

more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and

they did not know what to say to him. He came a third time and said to them,

“Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the

Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See,

my betrayer is at hand.”

Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived;

and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests,

the scribes, and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying,

“The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” So

when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed

him. Then they laid hands on him and arrested him. But one of those who

stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off

his ear. Then Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs

to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I was with you in the

temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.”

All of them deserted him and fled.

A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth.

They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.

They took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the elders, and the

scribes were assembled. Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the

courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the guards, warming

himself at the fire. Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking

for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none. For

many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree.

Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying, “We heard him

say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will

build another, not made with hands.’” But even on this point their testimony

did not agree. Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus,

“Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?” But he was

silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the

Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I am; and

‘you will see the Son of Man

seated at the right hand of the Power,’

and ‘coming with the clouds of heaven.’”

Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “Why do we still need witnesses?

You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?” All of them

condemned him as deserving death. Some began to spit on him, to blindfold

him, and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” The guards also took him

over and beat him.

While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high

priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and

said, “You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.” But he denied it,

saying, “I do not know or understand what you are talking about.” And he

went out into the forecourt. Then the cock crowed. And the servant-girl, on

seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.”

But again he denied it. Then after a little while the bystanders again said to

Peter, “Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.” But he began

to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know this man you are talking

about.” At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter

remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you

will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders

and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and

handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”

He answered him, “You say so.” Then the chief priests accused him of many

things. Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges

they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was


Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom

they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who

had committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd came and

began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. Then he

answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”

For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed

him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release

Barabbas for them instead. Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you

wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” They shouted

back, “Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But

they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the

crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him

over to be crucified.

Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the

governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. And

they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a

crown, they put it on him. And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the

Jews!” They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in

homage to him. After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and

put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry

his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.

Please stand.

Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the

place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not

take it. And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting

lots to decide what each should take.

It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of

the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they

crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed

by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would

destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down

from the cross!” In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were

also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he

cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the

cross now, so that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with

him also taunted him.

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the

afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema

sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken

me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling

for Elijah.” And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick,

and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come

to take him down.” Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And

the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the

centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he

said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary

Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and

Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in

Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to


When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is,

the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of

the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of

God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate

wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked

him whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned from the

centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. Then Joseph

bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth,

and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a

stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother

of Joses saw where the body was laid.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

THE SERMON: The Rev’d Hank Tuell


We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, Eternally begotten of the Father. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Jesus, light of the World, how quickly the joy and exuberance of the people

on this day was turned hostile and angry by political manipulation, and even

your friends betrayed you. Let us walk with you through this coming Holy

Week, remain in your presence, and never deny that you are our Savior.

Hosanna to our Messiah!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the


Jesus, Light of the World, help us to engage the hearts and minds of the

leaders of this world, our country, and our community, that we may eliminate

the fear-mongering, posturing, and oppression that leads to a death like

yours. We pray especially for: Joseph our President, Kathy our Governor and

Eric our Mayor.

Hosanna to our Messiah!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Jesus, Light of the World, enfold with your loving arms, those who are ill,

desperate, or hopeless, and those who worry and care for them. We pray

especially for: Dr. John, Generosa, Jim, Bernard, Darrin, Rodney, Harold,

Lauren, Matthew, Gweneth, Trevor, Juli, Ondeene, Carole, George, Paul,

Michael, Francine, Arthur, Anthony, Robert, Dillon, Henrietta, Phillip, Dice,

Christopher, Dan, Teresa, Chris, Frances, David, Robert, and all those on our

prayer list.

Hosanna to our Messiah!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Jesus, Light of the World, as You came to lead us all into the glory of eternal

life, turn our grief into joy and comfort knowing those we mourn are with You

now in everlasting peace.

Hosanna to our Messiah!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Jesus, Light of the World, we pause in this moment to offer You our other

heartfelt intentions and petitions, silently or aloud.

Hosanna to our Messiah!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Jesus, Light of the World, as we begin this sacred week, endow our spiritual

leaders with extraordinary grace, that through you and them, we may all be

drawn together in your saving embrace. We pray especially for: Matthew,

Allen and Mary our Bishops, and Hank our Priest and all clergy of your church.

Hosanna to our Messiah!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!


God of Mercy, as we re-experience the events of this day and of the week

to come, help us to see the times in our lives when we, too, have deserted

Jesus and given in to the ways of the world instead. Grant us the willingness

to confess through our words and actions that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory

of You, our God. We ask this through Christ, Your Sacrificial Son, and Your Most

Holy Spirit, who live and reign with You, One God, now and forever. Amen.


The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.



THE OFFERTORY HYMN: O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to

you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with

all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of

your Name:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord

God of power and might.

Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest

Blessed is He who come in the name of the Lord

Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the highest,.

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and forever.




Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore, let us keep the feast.





Let us pray.

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord Amen.


May God the Father, who does not despise the broken spirit give to you a

contrite heart.


May Christ, who bore our sins in his body on the tree, heal you by his



May the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth, speak to you words of pardon

and peace.


And may the blessing of God almighty, The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.


THE RECESSIONAL: All Hail The Power of Jesus' Name


The Mass is ended. Our service now begins! Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit!

Thanks be to God.


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