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These readings are from the Anglican Church of Canada’s adaptation of the Revised Common Lectionary. On Sundays and feast days there is a link to the full readings.
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday (Red)
Sunday, March 28th, 2021
Holy WeekIt is customary in some places to veil images, statues, crosses, and crucifixes with violet veils during Holy Week. This should be done on the Eve of the Sunday of the Passion.
Colour Note: Some places use the traditional colour of passiontide red during Holy Week. Passiontide Red is a deep, dark shade of red which is more crimson than the scarlet used for Pentecost.
Palm Sunday: Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, the episode that marked the beginning of his Passover is commemorated on this day. 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 reflect this, the BAS gives this Sunday the newer title, “The Sunday of the Passion, with the Liturgy of the Palms.” The BAS directs that when the circumstances are suitable the Liturgy of the Palms should take place somewhere apart from the church. In many parishes this is not an option. If this is the case it may be more suitable to observe this rubric by placing a table and candles at the back of the church for the Liturgy of the Palms. Worshipers may gather at the back on the church for the Liturgy and then return to their seats as the altar party processes to the sanctuary for the Liturgy of the Passion.
The Passion Gospels in Dramatic Form: It is a popular custom to read the Passion in a dramatized form. The Church of England’s Common Worship provides the Passion Gospels in dramatic form for all three years.
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 Jn 12:12-16
At the Procession: Ps 118:1-2, 19-29
At the Eucharist: 299; 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; Mt 21:12-17; Coll 299
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