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THE PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH,  March 24, 2024, Palm/Passion Sunday, B


Processional Gospel: John 12:12-19 (Entry into Jerusalem)

RCL/ELW: John 12:12-16 or Mark 11:1-11)

Zechariah 9:9-12 {Behold your lowly King!)

RCL/ELW: Isaiah 50:4-9a (Suffering Servant’s humiliation and vindication)

Psalm 31:9-16 I hear the whispering of many; they plot to take my life. 14I trust you, Lord; You are my God.

Philippians 2:5-11(Christ has humbled himself and become obedient unto death

Mark 14:26-15-47 {Passion narrative)


Processional hymn: All Glory, Laud and Honor: LBW #108, ELW #344, LSB #442

OR Prepare the Royal Highway: LBW #26, ELW #264, LSB #343

Hymn of the Day: Come, O Precious Ransom/ Come, Thou Precious Ransom, Come:

(Great hymn for today. Can use tune for “Holy God, We Praise Your Name.”): LBW #24/ LSB #350

OR Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed: LBW #98, ELW #337, LSB #437

Communion Hymn #1: Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: ELW #335

OR Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow: LSB #428

Communion Hymn #2: Beneath the Cross of Jesus: LBW #104, ELW #338

Closing Hymn: Ride on, Ride on In Majesty: LBW #121, ELW #346; LSB #441, different tune

OR O Sacred Head, Now Wounded: LBW #116/117, ELW #351/352, LSB #449/450



Let us pray for the Church, the world, and one another.

A brief silence


Glory be to you, Lord Jesus Christ! By your Cross and precious blood you have redeemed the whole world. Hosanna in the highest!

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You were called Son of David and Son of God by pilgrims in Jerusalem. Let your Church add its voice to theirs, until all people sing, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!”

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


You were met by people crying “Hosanna,” – Lord, save! Grant your salvation to your followers who are persecuted for naming you as Lord.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

You accepted the praises of the crowds who worshipped in Jerusalem. Teach this congregation to gladly worship you, humbly do your will, and lovingly serve our neighbor in your name.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You were greeted with children’s sweet Hosannas.  We pray for our little ones, and for children throughout the world, that their mouths might be made perfect in praising your name.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You entered Jerusalem as the Prince of Peace. Fill our earthly leaders with a hunger for peace, a thirst for justice, and a love for the people entrusted to their care. Teach us all to do your will and to long for the day when you return in glory as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


You entered Jerusalem on a donkey, not a war horse.  Fill all places of violence with your peace. Protect and bless those who stand in harm’s way. Bring them safely home to their loved ones.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You were greeted with joy as you entered the Holy City. Fill with joy the hearts of all who suffer in mind, body, or spirit, including: {List}.  Turn their sorrow into joy, and their cries for help into shouts of praise.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

You open the gates of the New Jerusalem for all who die trusting in you. Thank you for receiving them into that glorious city. Bring peace and hope to all who grieve. Fill us with imperishable hope, so that we gladly follow where you lead us – until you lead us safely home.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Accept our prayers, dear Jesus, and lay them at your Father’s throne. Let all that pleases him be done, to your glory and the good of your people. Amen.