Passion Sunday, at the Procession with Palms

Official Translation

Gospel – Mark 11.1-10

When Jesus and his disciples
drew near to Jerusalem,
to Bethphage and Bethany,
at the Mount of Olives,
he sent two of his disciples,
and said to them,
“Go into the village that is opposite you.
Immediately as you enter into it,
you will find a young donkey tied,
on which no one has sat.
Untie him, and bring him.
If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say,
‘The Lord needs him;’
and immediately he will send him back here.”

They went away, and found a young donkey
tied at the door outside in the open street,
and they untied him.
Some of those who stood there asked them,
“What are you doing, untying the young donkey?”
They said to them just as Jesus had said,
and they let them go.

They brought the young donkey to Jesus,
and threw their garments on it,
and Jesus sat on it.
Many spread their garments on the way,
and others were cutting down branches from the trees,
and spreading them on the road.
Those who went in front,
and those who followed, cried out,
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!
Hosanna in the highest!”

Or John 12.12-16

On the next day a great crowd
had come to the feast.
When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
they took the branches from the palm trees,
and went out to meet him, and cried out,
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
the King of Israel!”

Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat on it.
As it is written, “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion.
Behold, your King comes, sitting on a donkey’s colt.”
His disciples did not understand these things at first,
but when Jesus was glorified,
then they remembered that these things
were written about him,
and that they had done these things to him.

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