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Readings and Prayers   5 April Palm Sunday

Welcome to our readings and prayers for Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday. It is the first day of Holy Week when we reflect on Jesus' journey to the Cross. Our readings and reflection today focus on the events of Palm Sunday, Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  We are not able to distribute palm crosses this year but please feel free to download and print this poster with an image of a palm cross. You may even wish to display it in a window.

In normal circumstances in St Alfege Church we would also be hearing members of Children's Church doing a dramatized reading of the Passion narrative in St Matthew's Gospel.  Members of Children's Church will be doing this reading on Sunday morning for themselves and their families online via 'Zoom'. You can find St Matthew's account of the Passion in Matthew's Gospel starting at Chapter  26 Verse 14 and finishing at the end of Chapter 27.

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,
who of thy tender love towards the world
   hast sent thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Matthew 21. 1-11  Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

‘Tell the daughter of Zion
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
 and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’


The reflection for this week will be available on the 'Sermons and talks' page of the website.

Prayers for the week

'The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked' (John 20.19)

Ever present God,
be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing,
be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness,
be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen
we may with the zeal of Pentecost
inhabit our communities
and speak of your goodness
to an emerging world.
For Jesus’ sake.
(The Dean of Southwark Cathedral)

Lord Jesus Christ, your disciples followed you
with songs in their hearts,
but there were also times when they were tired,
times when they were afraid.
Be with us when we feel frightened or exhausted,
that we may be nourished by your gentle grace.
(From 'Prayers for Children' by Christopher Hibbert)

We pray for the sick in body, mind and spirit, that they may know your power to heal.

We remember in our prayers all those suffering from or made anxious by the coronavirus, especially the elderly or those with underlying health conditions. We also remember those whose livelihoods are threatened by the lockdown and those who are working hard to maintain key services and deliveries

We pray by name for: Lolitza Azucki, Karen Clancey, Hessie Dagg, Margaret Cordery, Margaret Foreman, Barry Graney, Joy Hall, Bishop Karowei, Stella Martin, Bill Murray, Philip Norris, Elly Thomas and all in our prayer list, our prayer request book or known to us.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray especially for Janet Briscoe and Revd Deepthi Wickremasinghe. We also remember Sally Marnham and Hilary Rosser on their anniversaries. We ask God’s blessing on all who are bereaved at this time, a process made more painful by separation, and all who are marking the  loss of loved ones. May they may find true comfort.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

A Blessing

May the Father,
who so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
bring you by faith to his eternal life.

May Christ,
who accepted the cup of sacrifice
in obedience to the Father's will,
keep you steadfast as you walk with him in the way of his cross.

May the Spirit,
who strengthens us to suffer with Christ
that we may share his glory,
set your minds on life and peace.
(Church of England, New Patterns for Worship)

Please note that the church ministers will continue to pray for all on our original prayer list (on the service sheet). If you would like to include someone in our online list on this page (including those whose names are already list on the service sheet) please notify David McEvoy  (  Please let David know of any names to be included in the prayers for the departed (including those who have anniversaries at this time).


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