Entry into Jerusalem
Pietro Lorenzetti
Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Assisi, Italy
Public Domain

The Sunday Lessons

The Collect

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle – Zechariah 9:9-12

REJOICE greatly, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O daughter of Jerusalem:
behold, thy King cometh unto thee:
he is just, and having salvation;
lowly, and riding upon an ass,
and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim,
and the horse from Jerusalem,
and the battle bow shall be cut off:
and he shall speak peace unto the heathen:
and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea,
and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant
I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.
12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope:
even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee.

Psalm 118

The Gospel – Mark 11:1-11

And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him. And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither. And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: 1Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

The Historic Lessons for this Day

This site provides readings for Holy Week from the Gospel according to Saint Mark that correspond with the final week leading up to the Crucifixion, with a corresponding Psalm or lesson from elsewhere in Scripture, rather than from the historic One-Year Lectionary. Those wanting to read those lessons may do so by clicking the link embedded in the heading to this section.

The Daily Lessons for the Week

DateAM PsalmsPM PsalmsO.T. and Holy DaysWeekdayNT, Holy Days, etc.
5-AprPs 50Ps 51 Ezra 9 Palm SundayZech 9:9-12; Ps 118; Mark 11:1-11
6-AprPs 52 Ps 53 Ezra 10 Monday before EasterIsa 56:1-8; Ps 69; Mark 11:12-19
7-AprPs 54 Ps 55 Neh 1 Tuesday before EasterMark 11:20–12:44; Ps 110; Mark 13
8-AprPs 56 Ps 57 Neh 2 Wednesday before EasterZech 11:12-13; Ps 109; Mark 14:1-11
9-AprPs 58 Ps 59 Neh 3 Maundy Thursday1 Cor 11:17-34; Ps 116; Mark 14:12-72
10-AprPs 60 Ps 61 Neh 4 Good FridayIsa 53; Ps 22; Mark 15
11-AprPs 62 Ps 63 Neh 5 Holy Saturday1 Peter 3:17-22; Ps 130; Matt 27:62-66

This Week from the Apocrypha