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At the Procession with Palms: Matthew 21:1-11
Reading I: Isaiah 58:7-10
Responsorial Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
Reading II: Philippians 2:6-11
Gospel: Matthew 26:14–27:66 OR 27:11-54

Jesus, won’t you cleanse our blind eyes? 
(Introductory Prayers)

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PROCESSION

Matthew 21:1-11

... The whole city was shaken and asked, “who is this?”

 A very large crowd
before and
behind
cried
out
 “Hosanna
to the Son of David,”
 as they spread their cloaks
and strewed leaves from the palm trees,
preparing the way for a king to enter Jerusalem.

The city’s people were shaken
and they cried out,
Who can this
 be?

Now we cry out too!
Who can this
 be?

We wave psalms in welcome, but we ask,
Jesus Nazarene, who are you for us?
Our God who walks alongside us?
A King, crowned with thorns?
A light that shows
our way

to the truth?


THE GOSPEL

Matthew 26:14–27:66 OR 27:11-54

And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak,
dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucify him.

Sweet
Jesus, you so
 loved the world that you
set your face like flint toward us,
and gave your back to those who beat you,
and your cheek to the ones who plucked your beard!

Did
you ever
shield yourself
when you were struck?

No.

You humbled yourself and
emptied yourself
instead
 out of love.

Let us share
in that
love.


THE FIRST READING

Isaiah 58:7-10

He opens my ear that I may hear.

Sunrise to sunset, open our eyes
that we may find you
in all things.

Morning after morning, you
 opened their
 ears:

Jeremiah, Romero and Dorothy Day.

Let us too hear the cry of the poor,
and let us speak on
their behalf.

Open
 our hearts
that we may love you,
holding nothing back, nothing at all.


THE SECOND READING

Philippians 2:6-11

Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave

No self-concern,
no turning
away.

Christ,
teach us to love.

Filled with your Spirit,
let us surrender
into your

love.
Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin (Steve) Erspamer, OSB
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