Monday, March 21, 2005
1And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,
2Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
3And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
4All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
6And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
7And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
8And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
10And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
11And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee."
Sorry, I'm a day late (and usually a dollar short), but better late than never.
Palm Sunday Prayer- from the Lutheran Book of Prayer (CPH, 1970):
Lord, the Day of Palms is a day of triumph in Your life. As You set Your face toward death and moved to the hour of Your glory beyond the cross, You came to us as King. Yet You came in lowly pomp that we might know the real purpose of Your coming.
Amid the shouts of "Hosannah to the Son of David" we know You as the Suffering Servant of God.
Through the waving palm branches we see You as the King of our peace.
On the way paved with the garments of man's homage we see You as the Son of Man, who came not to be served but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many.
Among the chants and songs of praises of little children we know You as the One who came to make us the children of God.
Come, King of grace, to rule in us. Lord of all mercy, have mercy upon us. Savior of sinners, save us.
It's holy week. Not much else to say right now.