We start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday. On this day, Jesus sent two of his disciples to find a young donkey and bring it to him so that he could ride into Jerusalem.
The disciples brought the donkey to Jesus and spread their cloaks over its back for him to sit on. As Jesus approached Jerusalem, crowds gathered, waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna! The people were very pleased to see him.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew,
Glory to you O Lord
As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives. There Jesus sent two of the disciples on ahead with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied up with her colt beside her. Untie them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything, tell him, ‘The Master needs them’; and then he will let them go at once.”
This happened in order to make come true what the prophet had said:
“Tell the city of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you!
He is humble and rides on a donkey
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
So the disciples went and did what Jesus had told them to do: they brought the donkey and the colt, threw their cloaks over them, and Jesus got on. A large crowd of people spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds walking in front of Jesus and those walking behind began to shout, “Praise to David’s Son! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise be to God!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was thrown into an uproar. “Who is he?” the people asked.
“This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee,” the crowds answered.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
To learn more about Palm Sunday watch the video below!
Today we invite you to create your own palms at home. There are lots of different ways to do this using paper, leaves, colours, paints, or cardboard from the recycling bin! Think creatively!
On your palms, write down why you think Jesus makes a great king?
For example, you might think that Jesus is kind, humble and loving which make him a great king.
Once you have created your palm, put it on display somewhere in your homes to remind you of all the reasons of why you are follower of Jesus!
You could even act out the Gospel reading with your DIY palms!
Here are some great ideas...
We end by making the Sign of the Cross.