Liturgy for Palm Sunday – 5th April 2020
- Gather at or around a table – place a candle in the middle of it
- If there is only one of you in your home – make up a circle by including symbols of your faith from around your home (hymn book / cross / bible / rosary ….)
- You are ready to begin the service – listen to the bells from St. Catherine’s
Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosannah in the highest.
Sing along with the first hymn – CP128 All glory laud and honour
- Listen to the reflection
- Read aloud the St Matthew’s Passion no matter how many you are (if there is only one of you then you can employ as many voices as you wish, nobody will ever know!)
- Pause to allow the gravity of those events speak to you…..
- Lay your leaves around the base of the candle
- pause to allow the gravity of these events speak to you …… (children / teens missing friends / adults the whole world in untold suffering and anxiety)
- carefully open out all hands around your table to face upwards ‘lifting’ all that need to God in his love and stay with that moment…..
- carefully turn all those hands round so palms are now facing down above the leaves and I will give you some words of Blessing to say and again stay with the moment…..
“See the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more. Lord we thank you for this promise and ask for your blessing in the meantime on these our friends and on the nations in this world that you chose to make your home. Amen”
- When you are ready to – as Christians throughout the world what unites us, not only at this time, but always is our belief, our trust in a loving an unfailing God – say together the Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
- Read the Collect for Palm Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
- Enjoy singing along with the hymn CP128 All glory laud and honour
- Listen to the Blessing
Keep eyes on website and e-mails throughout Holy Week for further worship material
Keep the leaves safe please. They all need to find their way to church at some point in the future, thank you.
Join with Anja in learning the Easter Hallelujah at home. Please practice if you can – one verse will just about see you through washing your hands.
On Easter Saturday, Easter gardens are often created in churches – this year why not create one at home?
Extra resources for children from Marianne.
Why at home?
To do our bit to help limit the spread of the Corona Virus.
In line with decisions made by the Church of England, local German churches (EKD and RC and OC), as well as other Diocese in Europe chaplaincies and following the recommendation by senior diocesan staff: we are suspending all public worship with immediate effect.
We have put together a shortened version of the liturgy of Morning Prayer which can be used by individuals and families, along with the psalm, gospel reading and hymns which we will be using in church. If you can work through this liturgy on a Sunday morning starting at 11:15 there will hopefully be a sense of virtual community with others at home, but even if the timing is different you will know that the words are the same.
Please watch this space for future developments.
Although opportunities to meet face to face will not be possible over the coming weeks, please do remember that Kara is available for pastoral needs by e-mail / phone – contact email@example.com
Other online church resources from our Archdeacon that might be of interest:
I have also been receiving a few links that I pass on to you. The first two are from our own diocese and the archdeaconries I am responsible for:
- Prague: (15-3-2020): http://anglican.cz/virtual-eucharist/
- Copenhagen: https://www.st-albans.dk/services/virtual-worship-broadcast (look for Virtual Worship)
- Prayer resources produced by +Robert Atwell, and available on the Exeter diocesan website here https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/coronavirus-guidance/. +Robert Atwell has produced simple acts of worship for those unable to attend church, a handwashing Lord’s Prayer and prayers for various particular groups of people affected by the virus. He is very happy for other people to use and copy them.
- Material produced by Mary Hawes (attached pdf) and available at this link: http://www.going4growth.com/growth_in_faith_and_worship/faith-in-the-home. Mary recently visited the Archdeaconry of Switzerland. Her material is particularly suitable for families.
- Also, the Archbishop of Canterbury will be live streaming a service for Mothering Sunday. Although many countries in our diocese don’t celebrate the UK Mothering Sunday for Lent 4, there may be people feeling isolated who might like this connection.
This comes to you all with every good wish and prayers.
The Venerable Dr Leslie Nathaniel
Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe and the Eastern Archdeaconry