Palm Sunday-April 5, 2020

Procession: Matthew 21: 1- 11

21:1And when they had drawn near to Jerusalem, and had arrived at Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
21:2saying to them: “Go into the town that is opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Release them, and lead them to me.
21:3And if anyone will have said anything to you, say that the Lord has need of them. And he will promptly dismiss them.”
21:4Now all this was done in order to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet, saying,
21:5“Tell the daughter of Zion: Behold, your king comes to you meekly, sitting on a donkey and on a colt, the son of one accustomed to the yoke.”
21:6Then the disciples, going out, did just as Jesus instructed them.
21:7And they brought the donkey and the colt, and they laid their garments on them, and they helped him sit upon them.
21:8Then a very numerous crowd spread their garments on the way. But others cut branches from the trees and scattered them on the way.
21:9And the crowds that preceded him, and those that followed, cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!”
21:10And when he had entered into Jerusalem, the entire city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”
21:11But the people were saying, “This is Jesus, the Prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

First Reading

Isaiah 50: 4-7

50:4 The Lord has given me a learned tongue, so that I would know how to uphold with a word, one who has weakened. He rises in the morning, he rises to my ear in the morning, so that I may heed him like a teacher.

50:5 The Lord God has opened my ear. And I do not contradict him. I have not turned back.

50:6 I have given my body to those who strike me, and my cheeks to those who plucked them. I have not averted my face from those who rebuked me and who spit on me.

50:7 The Lord God is my helper. Therefore, I have not been confounded. Therefore, I have set my face like a very hard rock, and I know that I will not be confounded.

Second Reading

Saint Paul’s Letter to Philippians 2:6-11

2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be seized.

2:7 Instead, he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and accepting the state of a man.

2:8 He humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, even the death of the Cross.

2:9 Because of this, God has also exalted him and has given him a name which is above every name,

2:10 so that, at the name of Jesus, every knee would bend, of those in heaven, of those on earth, and of those in hell,

2:11 and so that every tongue would confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.

Matthew 26: 14- 27: 66

26:14Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the leaders of the priests,
26:15and he said to them, “What are you willing to give me, if I hand him over to you?” So they appointed thirty pieces of silver for him.
26:16And from then on, he sought an opportunity to betray him.
26:17Then, on the first day of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
26:18So Jesus said, “Go into the city, to a certain one, and say to him: ‘The Teacher said: My time is near. I am observing the Passover with you, along with my disciples.’ ”
26:19And the disciples did just as Jesus appointed to them. And they prepared the Passover.
26:20Then, when evening arrived, he sat at table with his twelve disciples.
26:21And while they were eating, he said: “Amen I say to you, that one of you is about to betray me.”
26:22And being greatly saddened, each one of them began to say, “Surely, it is not I, Lord?”
26:23But he responded by saying: “He who dips his hand with me into the dish, the same will betray me.
26:24Indeed, the Son of man goes, just as it has been written about him. But woe to that man by whom the Son of man will be betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had not been born.”
26:25Then Judas, who betrayed him, responded by saying, “Surely, it is not I, Master?” He said to him, “You have said it.”
26:26Now while they were eating the meal, Jesus took bread, and he blessed and broke and gave it to his disciples, and he said: “Take and eat. This is my body.”
26:27And taking the chalice, he gave thanks. And he gave it to them, saying: “Drink from this, all of you.
26:28For this is my blood of the new covenant, which shall be shed for many as a remission of sins.
26:29But I say to you, I will not drink again from this fruit of the vine, until that day when I will drink it new with you in the kingdom of my Father.”
26:30And after a hymn was sung, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
26:31Then Jesus said to them: “You will all fall away from me in this night. For it has been written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
26:32But after I have risen again, I will go before you to Galilee.”
26:33Then Peter responded by saying to him, “Even if everyone else has fallen away from you, I will never fall away.”
26:34Jesus said to him, “Amen I say to you, that in this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”
26:35Peter said to him, “Even if it is necessary for me to die with you, I will not deny you.” And all the disciples spoke similarly.
26:36Then Jesus went with them to a garden, which is called Gethsemani. And he said to his disciples, “Sit down here, while I go there and pray.”
26:37And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and saddened.
26:38Then he said to them: “My soul is sorrowful, even unto death. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”
26:39And continuing on a little further, he fell prostrate on his face, praying and saying: “My Father, if it is possible, let this chalice pass away from me. Yet truly, let it not be as I will, but as you will.”
26:40And he approached his disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter: “So, were you not able to keep vigil with me for one hour?
26:41Be vigilant and pray, so that you may not enter into temptation. Indeed, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
26:42Again, a second time, he went and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this chalice cannot pass away, unless I drink it, let your will be done.”
26:43And again, he went and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
26:44And leaving them behind, again he went and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.
26:45Then he approached his disciples and said to them: “Sleep now and rest. Behold, the hour has drawn near, and the Son of man will be delivered into the hands of sinners.
26:46Rise up; let us go. Behold, he who will betray me draws near.”
26:47While he was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived, and with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, sent from the leaders of the priests and the elders of the people.
26:48And he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying: “Whomever I will kiss, it is he. Take hold of him.”
26:49And quickly drawing close to Jesus, he said, “Hail, Master.” And he kissed him.
26:50And Jesus said to him, “Friend, for what purpose have you come?” Then they approached, and they put their hands on Jesus, and they held him.
26:51And behold, one of those who were with Jesus, extending his hand, drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
26:52Then Jesus said to him: “Put your sword back in its place. For all who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.
26:53Or do you think that I cannot ask my Father, so that he would give me, even now, more than twelve legions of Angels?
26:54How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must be so?”
26:55In that same hour, Jesus said to the crowds: “You went out, as if to a robber, with swords and clubs to seize me. Yet I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not take hold of me.
26:56But all this has happened so that the Scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples fled, abandoning him.
26:57But those who were holding Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had joined together.
26:58Then Peter followed him from a distance, as far as the court of the high priest. And going inside, he sat down with the servants, so that he might see the end.
26:59Then the leaders of the priests and the entire council sought false testimony against Jesus, so that they might deliver him to death.
26:60And they did not find any, even though many false witnesses had come forward. Then, at the very end, two false witnesses came forward,
26:61and they said, “This man said: ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and, after three days, to rebuild it.’ ”
26:62And the high priest, rising up, said to him, “Have you nothing to respond to what these ones testify against you?”
26:63But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, “I bind you by an oath to the living God to tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”
26:64Jesus said to him: “You have said it. Yet truly I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of the power of God, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
26:65Then the high priest tore his garments, saying: “He has blasphemed. Why do we still need witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy.
26:66How does it seem to you?” So they responded by saying, “He is guilty unto death.”
26:67Then they spit in his face, and they struck him with fists. And others struck his face with the palms of their hands,
26:68saying: “Prophesy for us, O Christ. Who is the one that struck you?”
26:69Yet truly, Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a maidservant approached him, saying, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.”
26:70But he denied it in the sight of them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.”
26:71Then, as he exited by the gate, another maidservant saw him. And she said to those who were there, “This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
26:72And again, he denied it with an oath, “For I do not know the man.”
26:73And after a little while, those who were standing nearby came and said to Peter: “Truly, you also are one of them. For even your manner of speaking reveals you.”
26:74Then he began to curse and to swear that he had not known the man. And immediately the rooster crowed.
26:75And Peter remembered the words of Jesus, which he had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And going outside, he wept bitterly.
27:1Then, when morning arrived, all the leaders of the priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus, so that they might deliver him to death.
27:2And they led him, bound, and handed him over to Pontius Pilate, the procurator.
27:3Then Judas, who betrayed him, seeing that he had been condemned, regretting his conduct, brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the leaders of the priests and the elders,
27:4saying, “I have sinned in betraying just blood.” But they said to him: “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”
27:5And throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed. And going out, he hanged himself with a snare.
27:6But the leaders of the priests, having taken up the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple offerings, because it is the price of blood.”
27:7Then, having taken counsel, they bought the potter’s field with it, as a burying place for sojourners.
27:8For this reason, that field is called Haceldama, that is, ‘The Field of Blood,’ even to this very day.
27:9Then what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one being appraised, whom they appraised before the sons of Israel,
27:10and they gave it for the potter’s field, just as the Lord appointed to me.”
27:11Now Jesus stood before the procurator, and the procurator questioned him, saying, “You are the king of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “You are saying so.”
27:12And when he was accused by the leaders of the priests and the elders, he responded nothing.
27:13Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how much testimony they speak against you?”
27:14And he did not respond any word to him, so that the procurator wondered greatly.
27:15Now on the solemn day, the procurator was accustomed to release to the people one prisoner, whomever they wished.
27:16And at that time, he had a notorious prisoner, who was called Barabbas.
27:17Therefore, having been gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Who is it that you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?”
27:18For he knew that it was out of envy they had handed him over.
27:19But as he was sitting in the place for the tribunal, his wife sent to him, saying: “It is nothing to you, and he is just. For I have experienced many things today through a vision for his sake.”
27:20But the leaders of the priests and the elders persuaded the people, so that they would ask for Barabbas, and so that Jesus would perish.
27:21Then, in response, the procurator said to them, “Which of the two do you want to be released to you?” But they said to him, “Barabbas.”
27:22Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do about Jesus, who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified.”
27:23The procurator said to them, “But what evil has he done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let him be crucified.”
27:24Then Pilate, seeing that he was able to accomplish nothing, but that a greater tumult was occurring, taking water, washed his hands in the sight of the people, saying: “I am innocent of the blood of this just man. See to it yourselves.”
27:25And the entire people responded by saying, “May his blood be upon us and upon our children.”
27:26Then he released Barabbas to them. But Jesus, having been scourged, he handed over to them, so that he would be crucified.
27:27Then the soldiers of the procurator, taking Jesus up to the praetorium, gathered the entire cohort around him.
27:28And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak around him.
27:29And plaiting a crown of thorns, they placed it on his head, with a reed in his right hand. And genuflecting before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews.”
27:30And spitting on him, they took the reed and struck his head.
27:31And after they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, and clothed him with his own garments, and they led him away to crucify him.
27:32But as they were going out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, named Simon, whom they compelled to take up his cross.
27:33And they arrived at the place which is called Golgotha, which is the place of Calvary.
27:34And they gave him wine to drink, mixed with gall. And when he had tasted it, he refused to drink it.
27:35Then, after they had crucified him, they divided his garments, casting lots, in order to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying: “They divided my garments among them, and over my vestment they cast lots.”
27:36And sitting down, they observed him.
27:37And they set his accusation above his head, written as: THIS IS JESUS, KING OF THE JEWS.
27:38Then two robbers were crucified with him: one on the right and one on the left.
27:39But those passing by blasphemed him, shaking their heads,
27:40and saying: “Ah, so you would destroy the temple of God and in three days rebuild it! Save your own self. If you are the Son of God, descend from the cross.”
27:41And similarly, the leaders of the priests, with the scribes and the elders, mocking him, said:
27:42“He saved others; he cannot save himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him descend now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
27:43He trusted in God; so now, let God free him, if he wills him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”
27:44Then, the robbers who were crucified with him also reproached him with the very same thing.
27:45Now from the sixth hour, there was darkness over the entire earth, even until the ninth hour.
27:46And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: “Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
27:47Then certain ones who were standing and listening there said, “This man calls upon Elijah.”
27:48And one of them, running quickly, took a sponge and filled it with vinegar, and he set it on a reed and he gave it to him to drink.
27:49Yet truly, the others said, “Wait. Let us see whether Elijah will come to free him.”
27:50Then Jesus, crying out again with a loud voice, gave up his life.
27:51And behold, the veil of the temple was torn into two parts, from top to bottom. And the earth was shaken, and the rocks were split apart.
27:52And the tombs were opened. And many bodies of the saints, which had been sleeping, arose.
27:53And going out from the tombs, after his resurrection, they went into the holy city, and they appeared to many.
27:54Now the centurion and those who were with him, guarding Jesus, having seen the earthquake and the things that were done, were very fearful, saying: “Truly, this was the Son of God.”
27:55And in that place, there were many women, at a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him.
27:56Among these were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
27:57Then, when evening had arrived, a certain wealthy man from Arimathea, named Joseph, arrived, who himself was also a disciple of Jesus.
27:58This man approached Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered the body to be released.
27:59And Joseph, taking the body, wrapped it in a clean finely-woven linen cloth,
27:60and he placed it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out of a rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and he went away.
27:61Now Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the sepulcher.
27:62Then the next day, which is after the Preparation day, the leaders of the priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate together,
27:63saying: “Lord, we have remembered that that this seducer said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days, I will rise again.’
27:64Therefore, order the sepulcher to be guarded until the third day, lest perhaps his disciples may come and steal him, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ And this last error would be worse than the first.”
27:65Pilate said to them: “You have a guard. Go, guard it as you know how.”
27:66Then, going out, they secured the sepulcher with guards, sealing the stone.