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Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday (Red)

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

This day inaugurates Holy Week in a double way. Traditionally, it opens with the Liturgy of the Palms. This is a memorial of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, the episode that marked the beginning of his Passover. But it also includes the reading (or singing) of a complete passion narrative (Matthew, Mark, or Luke according to the three– year cycle). This reading provides the narrative purpose of the week that follows, and dominates the celebration of the day itself, even when the celebration opens with the liturgy of the palms. To re ect this, the BAS gives this Sunday the newer title, “The Sunday of the Passion, with the Liturgy of the Palms.” It is interesting to note that the loss of the title “Palm Sunday” has been addressed in some places by calling the day “Palm Sunday of the Passion.” In one tradition, the colour of the Liturgy of the Palms is red and that of the Eucharist violet.

Morning Prayer: Ps 24, 29; Zech 9:9–12; 1 Tim 6:12–16; Coll 299

Holy Eucharist: Liturgy of the Palms: 297; Mk 11:1–11 or John 12:12–16; at the Procession: Ps 118:1–2, 19–29; Liturgy of the Passion: Is 50:4–9a; Ps 31:9–16; Phil 2:5–11; Mk 14:1—15:47 or Mk 15:1–39 (40–47); Preface of Holy Week

Evening Prayer: Ps 103; Zech 12:9–11; 13:1, 7–9; Lk 19:41–48; Coll 299

The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary is transferred to 10 April.

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