Prayer For Palm Sunday And Holy Week

Most merciful Lord, as we partake of this one bread
May we remember that Your Son, Jesus Christ
is truly the Bread of life, that nourishes and sustains us.
May we who eat of this one bread,
realise our oneness in Christ
and make every effort to grow in this unity
with You and each other.
We also pray for our larger family, the Church and
all peoples of the world, that we may all be one in You, Amen.

Lord, we thank You for Jesus, the bread of life who satisfies our hunger and unites us into one body. May His death give us hope and strengthen our faith. May His resurrection give us perseverance and lead us to the fullness of life. Amen

Almighty God,
on this day your Son Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem
and was proclaimed King
by those who spread their garments and palm branches along his way.
Let those branches be for us signs of his victory,
and grant that we who bear them in his name
may ever hail him as our Lord,
and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life.
In his name we pray. Amen.

God our life, our light, our breath,
into your loving hands we commit our lives.
Save us in the hour of darkness
and remember us in the glory of your eternal realm;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Holy God, when Jesus cried and breathed his last
you tore away the ancient curtain
between heaven and earth, life and death.
As we turn to face the cross,
show us Jesus, in all his suffering and glory,
so that we may believe and have eternal life;
through Christ, your Son, our Lord.

Merciful God, as we enter Holy week, turn our hearts again to Jerusalem, and to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Stir up within us the gift of faith that we may not only praise him with our lips, but may follow him in the way of the cross. Amen

Lord God,
The message of the cross is difficult to take.
How can death give way to life? How can weakness be strength?

Yet your word says that Jesus, being God,
Took on human flesh
And suffered the worst kind of death.
How can this be?

This message is indeed difficult to take.
But your foolishness is wiser than our wisdom.
Your weakness is greater than our strength.
Help us to know that none of us can boast before you.

It is only in Christ Jesus that we can boast.
In his name, we ask you to help our unbelief.
That we may love you, and walk in the way Jesus taught us.
In his name,


Lord God,
Six days before his death, your son sat with Lazarus,
Whom he had raised from the dead,
And ate dinner with his friends.

Once again, your gospel tells us, Martha served,
And Mary knelt at Jesus' feet
To anoint them with costly perfume.
The disciple who was about to betray him
Said that it was a waste.

He didn't care about the poor, really
He just wanted to fill his own pockets
And make Mary feel ashamed.

Lord God,
Often we cannot discern what is best:
When to pour out costly perfume for your sake,
Even if the world thinks it a waste.

When to be busy serving,
Or when to rest at your Son's feet and learn.
Give us ears to hear you and eyes to see.
For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ.