Welcome to St. Paul’s Athens especially if you are here for the first time or visiting Athens. Great (Holy) Week begins today in the ‘Latin Calendar’. We will begin outside with the blessing of palm crosses and process into church. Do stay for coffee in the church garden after the Liturgy.
The presiding priest and preacher is Fr. Leonard, Senior Chaplain. The deacon is The Revd. Deacon Christine Saccali.
Liturgy of Palms (in the Garden)
All: Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Priest: Behold your king comes to you, O Zion, meek and lowly, sitting upon an ass. Ride on in the cause of truth and for the sake of justice. Your throne is the throne of God, it endures for ever; and the sceptre of your kingdom is a righteous sceptre. You have loved righteousness and hated evil. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
All: Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Priest: Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the Church throughout the world. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.
The people hold up palms or branches while this prayer is said by the priest
God our Saviour, whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and to die; let these palms + be for us signs of his victory and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
We now process around the church, and as we do so we sing:
We have a King who rides a donkey, we have a King who rides a donkey
We have a King who rides a donkey, and his name is Jesus.
Jesus the King is with us, Jesus us the King is with us, Jesus the King is with us
Riding on a donkey.
Priest: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
The Lord be with you.
All: and also with you