Palm Sunday (English)

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Tomorrow, we enter into Holy Week, the week which culminates in the Sacred Paschal Triduum - the solemn commemoration of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, a day on which we commemorate two events: the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem (commemorated during the procession and the beginning of Mass) and the Passion of Our Lord (commemorated beginning with the readings and continuing until the end of Mass).


Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem

Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the highest!
— Roman Missal (3rd edition)

The Procession - Antiphon 1

The children of the Hebrews, carrying olive branches, went to meet the Lord, crying out and saying; Hosanna in the highest.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition)

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The Procession - Antiphon 2

The children of the Hebrews spread their garments on the road, crying out and saying: Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition)

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The Procession - Hymn to Christ the King

Glory and honor and praise be to you, Christ, King and Redeemer, to Whom young children cried out Hosannas with joy!
— Roman Missal (3rd edition)

4. They offered gifts of praise to you,
so near to your Passion;
see how we sing this song now
to you reigning on high.

5. Those you were pleased to accept;
now accept our gifts of devotion,
good and merciful King,
lover of all that is good.

1. Israel’s King are you,
King David’s magnificent offspring;
you are the ruler who come
blest in the Name of the Lord.

2. Heavenly hosts on high
unite in singing your praises;
men and women on earth
and all creation join in.

3. Bearing branches of palm,
Hebrews come crowding to greet you;
see how with prayers and hymns
we come to pay you our vows.


The Procession - Responsory

As the Lord entered the holy city, the children of the Hebrews proclaimed the resurrection of life. Waving their branches of palm, they cried: Hosanna in the highest.

When the people heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they went out to meet Him. Waving their branches of palm, they cried: Hosanna in the highest.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition)

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Entrance Antiphon:

Six days before the Passover, when the Lord came into the city of Jerusalem, the children ran to meet him; in their hands they carried palm branches, and with a loud voice, they cried out: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy!
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Jn. 12:1, 12, 13

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Offertory Antiphon:

My heart expected reproach and misery, and I looked for one who would grieve together with me, and I found none; and they gave me gall for food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Ps. 68:21, 22

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Communion Antiphon:

Father, if this chalice cannot pass without my drinking it, your will be done.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Mt. 26:42

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