This Sunday at St. James

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THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2020

Palm Sunday
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SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING - Zechariah 9:9-15
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the foal of an ass.  10 I will cut off the chariot from E'phraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.  11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your captives free from the waterless pit.  12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.  13 For I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made E'phraim its arrow. I will brandish your sons, O Zion, over your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior's sword.  14 Then the LORD will appear over them, and his arrow go forth like lightning; the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet, and march forth in the whirlwinds of the south.  15 The LORD of hosts will protect them, and they shall devour and tread down the slingers; and they shall drink their blood like wine, and be full like a bowl, drenched like the corners of the altar.

NEW TESTAMENT EPISTLE READING -  Philippians 4:4-7
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  5 Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand.  6 Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

GOSPEL READING - Matthew 20:29-21:17
Our Lord Jesus Christ:

29 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him.  30 And behold, two blind men sitting by the roadside, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!"  31 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent; but they cried out the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"  32 And Jesus stopped and called them, saying, "What do you want me to do for you?"  33 They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened."  34  And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight and followed him. 21:1 And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth'phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,  2 saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.  3 If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately."  4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,  5 "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass."  6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;  7 they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon.  8 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"  10 And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?"  11 And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee."  12 And Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.  13 He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer'; but you make it a den of robbers."  14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.  15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant;  16 and they said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast brought perfect praise'?"  17 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.