Celebrating Palm Sunday from Home

On Palm Sunday, we enter into Holy Week.

There are two main aspects to this day:

  1. the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
  2. Jesus’ journey to the Cross

You could use some local greenery if you have no palm branches

Deacon in red dalmatic carrying palm branches
Greenery on red-orange blackground

The Liturgy of the Palms begins with the account (Matthew 21:1-11) of how Jesus sends two of his disciples to fetch a colt, on which he rides into Jerusalem, where he is acclaimed by crowds desperate to be saved from the Romans: “Hosanna to the Son of David”.

The Opening Prayer (Collect) acts as a transition between this event and the stories of suffering.

The Liturgy of the Word

The Passion reading on Palm Sunday is taken from one of the synoptic gospels: Matthew, Mark or Luke, depending on the year; in 2020 it is Matthew. John’s account of the Passion is read on Good Friday.

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