The Liturgy of the Palms & Solemn Eucharist of the Passion

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

The liturgies on the morning of Palm Sunday are designed by the Book of Common Prayer to take us through the week to come. So, since this is Holy Week, Palm Sunday covers both the triumphant entry into Jerusalem (the Blessing of the Palms and the Palm Procession) as well as Christ's Passion, which we unpack each day of the rest of the week. The idea here is that a person could attend church only on Sundays and still participate in the entirety of Holy Week and Easter: Palm Sunday takes us through Christ's Crucifixion, and then Easter Sunday celebrates Christ's Resurrection.

Of course, we're not suggesting you skip the rest of Holy Week—indeed, we encourage you to spend the entire week with us. But if you are wondering why the morning liturgies on Palm Sunday end with Christ Crucified, you now have your answer. The church is structured so that Sunday worshippers get the gist. If you seek more than the gist, you're in luck: at Saint Thomas, we know how to dwell on the details. You are most welcome to join us as we mark each day of Holy Week in scripture, song, meditation and prayer.

Even if you cannot join us in person for everything, please know that all choral services throughout the week are webcast live and then available on-demand.

Almighty and everliving God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

11:00 AM


In his weekly audio message, Fr Mead welcomes you and encourages you to fully participate in Holy Week at Saint Thomas.

CelebrantFr. Mead
PreacherFr. Mead
DeaconFr. Austin
SubdeaconFr. Spurlock
Sung byThe Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Sung byThe Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
The Liturgy of the Palms
IntroitPueri Hebraeorum — Plainsong
GospelMatthew 21:1-11
AnthemMatthew 21:1-11
HymnAll glory, laud, and honor -- SAINT THEODULPH
HymnRide on! ride on in majesty! -- WINCHESTER NEW
ServiceMissa in Honorem Sancti Dominici, by Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)
LessonMissa in Honorem Sancti Dominici, by Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986)
LessonIsaiah 50:4-9a
PsalmPsalm 22:1-11
EpistlePhilippians 2:5-11
HymnWhen I survey the wondrous cross -- ROCKINGHAM
PassionAccording to Saint Matthew, Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
MotetO Domine Jesu Christe, Tomás Luis de Victoria
MotetAdoremus te, Christe, Giovanni Maria Nanino (c. 1543-1607)
HymnAh, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended, -- HERZLIEBSTER JESU