The Introit

To you, O LORD, I lift | up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust; let me not be | put to shame.
Let not my enemies exult | over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be | put to shame.

Make me to know your ways, | O LORD;
teach me | your paths.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.
To you, O LORD, I lift | up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust; let me not be | put to shame.
Let not my enemies exult | over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be | put to shame.

The Collect of the Day

Stir up Your power, 0 Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 
Thy Will be Done...;Christ Leading a Multitude of People Bearing Crosses,    From the series The Lord's Prayer,  Late 16th century Workshop of Philips Galle, Flemish, from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thy Will be Done...;Christ Leading a Multitude of People Bearing Crosses, From the series The Lord's Prayer, Late 16th century Workshop of Philips Galle, Flemish, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The First Lesson

Jeremiah 23:5-8

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
“That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper,
And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:

THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.”

The Epistle

Romans 13:8-13

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

 
Salvator Mundi in a Landscape,   c. 1510-1530, Master of the Mansi Magdalene, Netherlandish from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art

Salvator Mundi in a Landscape, c. 1510-1530, Master of the Mansi Magdalene, Netherlandish from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Holy Gospel

Matthew 21:1-9

Alleluia . Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation . Alleluia.

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”