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Hosanna in the Highest: Lenten Devotions

Sunday, April 17

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, a week of solemn wonder, observed by Christians since the early centuries of the church. It is a week of sorrow and suffering, leading unavoidably through the cross, with the joyful celebration of the resurrection on the other side.

This week, we invite you into solemn wonder over what God has done and what that means for us here and now. Today, we invite you to read the story of Jesus’ triumphal and fateful entry into Jerusalem, knowing what awaited him there.

Mark 11:1-11 (NRSV):

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’”

They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”

They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.


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