Texts for Palm Sunday

Selected by: Pastor Jim

First Reading

Zechariah 9: 9-12

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

 10 He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war-horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

 11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.

 12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double. (Zec 9:9-12 NRS)


Psalm 118: 19-29

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.

 20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.

 21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

 23 This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

 24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 25 Save us, we beseech you, O LORD! O LORD, we beseech you, give us success!

 26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD.

 27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.

 28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you.

 29 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. (Psa 118:19-29 NRS)


Second Reading

Philippians 2: 5-11

5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,

 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,

 8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-- even death on a cross.

 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,

 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phi 2:5-11 NRS)



Mark 11: 1-11a

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples

 2 and said to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it.

 3 If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' just say this, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.'"

 4 They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it,

 5 some of the bystanders said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?"

 6 They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it.

 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.

 8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.

 9 Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"

 11 Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple.

Selected by: Pastor Jim