Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday 2013
Palm Sunday 2013

Palms are distributed to the congregation with their programs, and they are seated in the pews as usual. The Altar Guild prepares the palms, and places them in buckets in the narthex to be distributed by the ushers.

A Prelude is played as usual at 8 and 10.

The Palm Sunday Liturgy from BCP p. 270 is used. At all services, The spoken liturgy begins with the altar party at the table. The liturgy is adapted to use Rite One language at 8 a.m. The Gospel of the Palms is proclaimed by the deacon from the ambo at all services, without a Gospel procession. The congregation is invited to hold up their palms for the blessing.

The people do not process with palms. Instead, the service is adapted as follows:

  • At 5 p.m Saturday, the procession is omitted entirely.
  • At the 8 a.m. service, the processional hymn, “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” is sung, but there is no palms procession.
  • At the 10 a.m. service, the normal processional hymn is replaced by a Fanfare. Only the Celebrant and Deacon enter, and the congregation remains seated. The Celebrant and Deacon lead the Liturgy of the Palms. At the the of the Procession of Palms, everyone who normally would enter in procession does so, carrying palm branches. The Solemn Procession is not used. The exchange between the Deacon and Congregation that introduces the procession on BCP p. 271 (“Let us go forth in peace.” / “In the name of Christ. Amen.”) is used only at the 10 a.m. service.

The form of the Passion Gospel varies year-to-year. At the 5 p.m. Saturday service, the Gospel normally is simply read as a Gospel lesson.

The Sermon and Nicene Creed are omitted, but the Confession of Sin is used. The Comfortable Words return for Palm Sunday at 8 a.m. because the Confession has returned to its usual place. The Intercessor should be instructed to wait for three full minutes while the altar party kneel at the altar rail in lieu of a sermon. When the altar party return to their places, the Prayers of the People begin.

The people are dismissed from the front, and leave in silence without a retiring processional hymn or postlude.