Sunday Prayers

Jesus, when you rode into Jerusalem, the people waved palms with shouts of acclamation. Grant that when the shouting dies, we may still walk beside you even to a cross. Amen (A New Zealand Prayer Book, Collect for Palm Sunday)

Let us rejoice today and be glad. Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord, we bless you. The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs [branches] in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Amen (Psalms 118:24b-29 NIV)

Lord Jesus Christ, blessed are you, the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel. We wave before you like palm branches the words of the written charge placed above your head on the cross, “THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” Help us to honor you, not with branches, but with loving and merciful acts of service towards one another. Jesus we lay our thoughts and desires under you, so that you may draw the whole of our being to yourself and that we would experience the whole of your being in our lives. O Lord, lest the rocks cry out in our place, we lift our whole lives in praise to you. Amen (My Prayer, inspired by Andrew of Crete, an eighth century martyr)