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Here are the readings for this Sunday:

Prayer of the Day

Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Processional Gospel: Luke 19:28-40

Entrance into the final days

28After he had said this, [Jesus] went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.   29When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” 32So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, 38saying,  “Blessed is the king   who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven,   and glory in the highest heaven!” 39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a

This text, the third of the four Servant Songs in Isaiah, speaks of the servant’s obedience in the midst of persecution. Though the servant has been variously understood as the prophet himself or a remnant of faithful Israel, Christians have often recognized the figure of Christ in these poems.

 4The 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.  5The Lord God has opened my ear,   and I was not rebellious,   I did not turn backward.  6I 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.  7The 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;   8he who vindicates me is near.  Who will contend with me?   Let us stand up together.  Who are my adversaries?   Let them confront me.  9aIt is the Lord God who helps me;   who will declare me guilty?

Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11

Paul quotes from an early Christian hymn that describes Jesus’ humble obedience in his incarnation as a human being, even to death, and his exaltation and glory as Lord of all.

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,  6who, though he was in the form of God,   did not regard equality with God   as something to be exploited,  7but emptied himself,   taking the form of a slave,   being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form,   8he humbled himself   and became obedient to the point of death—   even death on a cross.  9Therefore God also highly exalted him   and gave him the name   that is above every name,  10so that at the name of Jesus   every knee should bend,   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  11and every tongue should confess   that Jesus Christ is Lord,   to the glory of God the Father.


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