The Church of
in the Town of Secaucus, New Jersey
Eucharist - 9:30 am
"Our Lord's Entry into Jerusalem"
by Christopher Gosey
Liturgy of the Palms
Mark 11:1-11 / Psalm
- All glory, laud and honor
Gospel according to
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at
Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus 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,
- Blessed is the one who comes in
the name of the Lord!
- Blessed is the coming kingdom
of our ancestor David!
- Hosanna in the highest
118:19-29 Confitemini Domino
Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter them;
I will offer thanks to the LORD.
"This is the gate of the LORD;
he who is righteous may enter."
I will give thanks to you, for you
and have become my salvation.
The same stone which the builders
has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the LORD'S doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
On this day the LORD has acted;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Hosannah, LORD, hosannah!
LORD, send us now success.
Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Lord;
we bless you from the house of the LORD.
God is the LORD; he has shined upon
form a procession with branches up to the horns of the
"You are my God, and I will thank
you are my God, and I will exalt you."
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is
his mercy endures for ever.
Liturgy of the Word
God, in your tender love
for the human race you sent your son to take on our nature,
and to suffer death upon the cross, an example of great
humility: Grant that we who walk in the way of suffering,
may also share in his resurrection. We ask this with
confidence in your love. Amen.
Isaiah 45:21-25 / Psalm
Philippians 2: 5-11 / Mark 14:32-72, 15:1-47
book of Isaiah 45:21-25
- Thus says the LORD,
- Declare and present your
- let them take counsel
- Who told this long ago?
- Who declared it of old?
- Was it not I, the LORD?
- There is no other god besides
- a righteous God and a
- there is no one besides
- Turn to me and be saved,
- all the ends of the
- For I am God, and there is no
- By myself I have sworn,
- from my mouth has gone forth in
- a word that shall not
- "To me every knee shall
- every tongue shall
- Only in the LORD, it shall be
said of me,
- are righteousness and
- all who were incensed against
- shall come to him and be
- In the LORD all the offspring
- shall triumph and glory.
- (To be read by
22:1-11 Deus, Deus meus
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
and are so far from my cry
and from the words of my distress?
O my God, I cry in the daytime, but
you do not answer;
by night as well, but I find no rest.
Yet you are the Holy One,
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
Our forefathers put their trust in
they trusted, and you delivered them.
They cried out to you and were
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
But as for me, I am a worm and no
scorned by all and despised by the people.
All who see me laugh me to
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, if he delights in him."
Yet you are he who took me out of
and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.
I have been entrusted to you ever
since I was born;
you were my God when I was still in my mother's womb.
Be not far from me, for trouble is
and there is none to help.
(To be read by Maria DeAngelo)
Paul's letter to the Philippians 2:5-11
- Let the same mind be in you that was in
- who, though he was in the form
- did not regard equality with
- as something to be
- but emptied himself,
- taking the form of a
- being born in human
- And being found in human
- he humbled himself
- and became obedient to the
point of death--
- even death on a cross.
- Therefore God also highly
- and gave him the name
- that is above every
- so that at the name of
- every knee should bend,
- in heaven and on earth and
under the earth,
- and every tongue should
- that Jesus Christ is
- to the glory of God the
(To be read by
Gospel according to
Mark 14:32-72, 15:1-47
They went to a place called
Gethsemane; and Jesus said to his disciples, "Sit here while
He took with him Peter and James
and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. And said
to them, "I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here,
and keep awake."
And going a little farther, he
threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were
possible, the hour might pass from him. He said, "Abba,
Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup
from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want."
He came and found them sleeping;
and he said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not
keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may not
come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing,
but the flesh is weak."
And again he went away and prayed,
saying the same words. And once more he came and found them
sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not
know what to say to him.
He came a third time and said to
them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough!
The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands
of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at
Immediately, while he was still
speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him
there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief
priests, the scribes, and the elders. Now the betrayer had
given them a sign, saying, "The one I will kiss is the man;
arrest him and lead him away under guard."
So when he came, he went up to him
at once and said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him.
Then they laid hands on him and
arrested him. But one of those who stood near drew his sword
and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his
Then Jesus said to them, "Have you
come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were
a bandit? Day after day I was with you in the temple
teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures
All of them deserted him and
A certain young man was following
him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of
him, but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.
They took Jesus to the high priest;
and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes were
assembled. Peter had followed him at a distance, right into
the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with
the guards, warming himself at the fire. Now the chief
priests and the whole council were looking for testimony
against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none. For
many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony
did not agree.
Some stood up and gave false
testimony against him, saying, "We heard him say, `I will
destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three
days I will build another, not made with hands.'" But even
on this point their testimony did not agree.
Then the high priest stood up
before them and asked Jesus, "Have you no answer? What is it
that they testify against you?"
But he was silent and did not
Again the high priest asked him,
"Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?"
- Jesus said, "I am; and
- `you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of the Power,' and `coming with
the clouds of heaven.'"
Then the high priest tore his
clothes and said, "Why do we still need witnesses? You have
heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?"
All of them condemned him as
deserving death. Some began to spit on him, to blindfold
him, and to strike him, saying to him, "Prophesy!" The
guards also took him over and beat him.
While Peter was below in the
courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came
by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him
and said, "You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth."
But he denied it, saying, "I do not
know or understand what you are talking about."
And he went out into the forecourt.
Then the cock crowed.
And the servant-girl, on seeing
him, began again to say to the bystanders, "This man is one
But again he denied it.
Then after a little while the
bystanders again said to Peter, "Certainly you are one of
them; for you are a Galilean."
But he began to curse, and he swore
an oath, "I do not know this man you are talking about."
At that moment the cock crowed for
the second time.
Then Peter remembered that Jesus
had said to him, "Before the cock crows twice, you will deny
me three times." And he broke down and wept.
As soon as it was morning, the
chief priests held a consultation with the elders and
scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him
away, and handed him over to Pilate.
Pilate asked him, "Are you the King
of the Jews?"
He answered him, "You say so."
Then the chief priests accused him
of many things.
Pilate asked him again, "Have you
no answer? See how many charges they bring against you."
But Jesus made no further reply, so
that Pilate was amazed.
Now at the festival he used to
release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now
a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had
committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd came
and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his
Then he answered them, "Do you want
me to release for you the King of the Jews?" For he realized
that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had
handed him over.
But the chief priests stirred up
the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead.
Pilate spoke to them again, "Then
what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of
They shouted back, "Crucify him!"
Pilate asked them, "Why, what evil
has he done?"
But they shouted all the more,
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the
crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus,
he handed him over to be crucified.
Then the soldiers led him into the
courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor's
headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort.
And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting
some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. And they began
saluting him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They struck his head
with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him.
After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and
put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify
They compelled a passer-by, who was
coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon
of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. Then they
brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the
place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with
myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him, and
divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what
each should take.
It was nine o'clock in the morning
when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge
against him read, "The King of the Jews." And with him they
crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.
Those who passed by derided him,
shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! You who would destroy
the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and
come down from the cross!"
In the same way the chief priests,
along with the scribes, were also mocking him among
themselves and saying, "He saved others; he cannot save
himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from
the cross now, so that we may see and believe."
Those who were crucified with him
also taunted him.
When it was noon, darkness came
over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
At three o'clock Jesus cried out
with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which
means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
When some of the bystanders heard
it, they said, "Listen, he is calling for Elijah."
And someone ran, filled a sponge
with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to
drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to
take him down."
Then Jesus gave a loud cry and
breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in
two, from top to bottom.
Now when the centurion, who stood
facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he
said, "Truly this man was God's Son!"
There were also women looking on
from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary
the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.
These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in
Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up
with him to Jerusalem.
When evening had come, and since it
was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the
sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the
council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the
kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body
Then Pilate wondered if he were
already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him
whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned from
the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to
Then Joseph bought a linen cloth,
and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and
laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He
then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.
Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother
of Joses saw where the body was laid.
(To be led by Mark
The Prayers of the People will
be led by Lisa Dever
The icon of "Our Lord's
Entry into Jerusalem" was written by Christopher Gosey. To
find out more about his work click here.
on the Readings
The Diocese of Montreal offers an
attractive and useful guide to the lectionary readings.
Because it comes from of the Anglican Church of Canada, the
readings sometimes may vary from those of the Episcopal
Church, but it is still helpful.
Reflections on Sermons
Mark Lewis's sermons have been
interpreted for reading on the internet. They are indexed at
the bottom of the Sunday page. Link
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