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Palm Cross and Bible open at the Entrance into Jerusalem

Here you can find resources for our liturgy to pray at home or wherever you are. 

The readings for today and some of the prayers of our liturgy are on the downloadable pew sheet.

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“Hosanna to the Son of David”
Our liturgy today begins joyfully as the crowds acclaim Jesus
This joy soon changes to
“Crucify him!”

Downloads (PDF)

Introduction to Holy Week (2021 Sermon by The Rector)

The Rector recorded this sermon during lockdown. It may still be helpful for anyone unable to come to church.

HT Congregation at 2020 ACM

Preparation

Organ Prelude

Johann Sebastian Bach: O Mensch, bewein dein’ Sünde gros BWV622

Opening and Blessing of Palms

Audio recording for the first section of today’s service; you can see the texts below

Opening and Blessing of Palms

Opening

Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
And blessed be God’s kingdom.

Dear friends in Christ,
in our observance of Lent we have been preparing,
by self-examination and spiritual discipline,
to celebrate the mystery of our Lord’s death and resurrection.

In baptism, we are marked with the cross of Christ.
Today we begin the solemn celebration of our salvation
through his death on the cross and his resurrection to glory.
We now recall our Lord’s entry as king into Jerusalem,
to suffer, to die, and to rise again.
Let us follow him,
that, as we died with Christ in our Baptism,
so we may share his risen life.

Collect

Assist us Lord God of our salvation:
that we may enter with joy into the celebration of those mighty acts
whereby you give us life and immortality;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

Gospel: Mark 11.1-11

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 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. If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.”’ They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 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; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Blessing of the Palms

Palms are brought to the presiding celebrant, who says:

Almighty and everlasting God,
may these palms be for us a sign of Christ’s victory over sin and death;
and may we who have been baptised in his name,
worship him as king, obey him as Lord,
and follow him in the way of the Cross,
which leads to eternal life.
We ask this through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Procession

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy,
but first he suffered pain,
and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
mercifully grant, that we,
walking in the way of his cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace;
through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Let us go forth in peace. In the name of Christ. Amen.

Organ Processional

Max Reger: Valet will ich dir geben

All glory, laud and honour is sung as the procession to the church begins

Collect of the Passion

In church, following the hymn, we pray the Collect of the Passion

Almighty God,
who, in your tender love for the human race,
sent your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,
to take our nature upon him,
and to suffer death upon the cross,
giving us the example of his great humility:
mercifully grant,
that we may both follow the example of his passion,
and also, be made partakers of his resurrection;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

Page from Gospel Book

The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: Isaiah 50.4-9a
read by Andrew Pont

Psalm 31.9-16

Second Reading: Philippians 2.5-11
read by Andrew Pont

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark (14.1-15.47)

Read the Passion story at Bible Gateway

Intercessions
led by the Revd Ian Boa

Audio not yet available – check back later

Confession and Absolution

God is love and we are God’s children,
there is no room for fear in love.
We love because God loved us first.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Silence

God our Father, we confess to you
and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,
and in what we have failed to do. We are truly sorry.
Forgive us our sins,
and deliver us from the power of evil.
For the sake of your Son who died for us,
Jesus Christ, our Lord.

God, who is both power and love,
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by the Holy Spirit
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Peace

We meet in Christ’s name.
Let us share his peace.

HT chalice and host at Elevation

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

Offertory Prayer

Let us present our offerings to the Lord.

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power,
the glory, the splendour and the majesty;
for everything  in heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you, and of your own we give you.

Eucharistic Prayer

The Breaking of the Bread

The living bread is broken for the life of the world.
Lord, unite us in this sign.

The Lord’s Prayer

Please join in the prayer Jesus himself taught us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Do not bring us to the time of trial
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Thanksgiving and Sending Out

Post-Communion Prayer

Loving God,
your steadfast purpose is the completion of all things in your Son. 
May we who have received the pledges of the kingdom,
live by faith, walk in hope and be renewed in love,
until the world reflects your glory
and you are all in all;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Organ Postlude

Peter Hurford: Wem in Leidenstagen
Palm Cross and Bible open at the Entrance into Jerusalem

Notices

Holy Week, Easter Triduum and Easter Services at Holy Trinity

Monday of Holy Week

  • 7.30 pm Address & Compline

Tuesday of Holy Week

  • 7.30 pm Stations of the Cross

Wednesday of Holy Week

  • 7.30 pm Into Great Silence
    Please be in the hall by 7.20 pm

Maundy Thursday

  • 11 am Chrism Mass at St Ninian’s Cathedral Perth
  • 7.30 pm Sung Eucharist & Watch

Good Friday

  • 2 pm The Liturgy of Good Friday

Holy Saturday

  • 9 pm Easter Vigil

Next Week

Easter Day

8.30 am Holy Communion

10.30 am Sung Eucharist


Lent Collection 2024

This year’s Lent Collection will go towards the Bishop’s Lent Appeal for Kolkata Cathedral’s ASHAKIRAN – RAY of HOPE Programme for women, young girls and children (download an information leaflet about Ashakiran).

Special envelopes are provided should you want to make a contribution. As all year round, we continue to collect food items for StartUp Stirling and the ‘Extra Cuppa’ donations at social time after the services will go towards this local charity. Many thanks for your support!

HT Prayer Tree

The Prayer Tree situated at the back of church is an aid to prayer. Feel free to take a label and write your prayer/message on it and hang it on the tree. 

Please add the current date. The label will be removed one month after this date but if you would like to leave the label on the tree please just alter the date or write another label.

See Libby Coats if you have any questions.

Easter flowers

There are baskets at the back of church for people to take and bring back decorated on Saturday 30th March at 10.30 a.m. Please speak to Karen Ellis if you have any questions.

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