First Reading: Zechariah 9.9-12
Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter
Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a
donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war-horse from
Jerusalem; and the battle-bow shall be cut off, and he shall
command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
Return to your stronghold, O
prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.
Psalm: Psalm 118.1–2, 19–29
Response: This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever.
Let Israel now proclaim, ‘His mercy endures for ever.’ R
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; whoever is righteous may enter.’ R
I will give thanks to you, for you answered me and have become my salvation. The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone. R
This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. On this day the Lord has acted; we will rejoice and be glad in it. R
Hosanna, Lord, hosanna! Lord, send us now success. Blessèd is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the house of the Lord. R
God is the Lord; he has shined upon us; form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar. ‘You are my God and I will thank you; you are my God and I will exalt you.’ Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever. R
Gospel: Luke 19.28-40
Jesus went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” just say this, “The Lord needs it.”‘ So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They said, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’
Post Communion Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant, and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation: give us the mind to follow you and to pro-claim you as Lord and King, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.