A Shorter Communion Service for Palm Sunday


Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Dear friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the Church throughout the world. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.

The people hold up their palms while this prayer is said

God our Saviour, whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and to die, let these palms be for us signs of his victory; and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.  Amen.

The reader introduces the Gospel of the Palms (please remain standing)

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

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.

This is the gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

HYMN - All glory Lord and Honour  NEH 509 - St Theodulph 

1 All glory, laud and honour

To thee, Redeemer, King,

To whom the lips of children

Made sweet hosannas ring.

2 Thou art the King of Israel,

Thou David’s royal Son,

Who in the Lord’s name comest,

The King and blessèd One.

3 The company of angels

Are praising thee on high,

And mortal men and all things

Created make reply.

4 The people of the Hebrews

With palms before thee went;

Our praise and prayer and anthems

Before thee we present.

5 To thee before thy passion

They sang their hymns of praise;

To thee, now high exalted,

Our melody we raise.

6 Thou didst accept their praises,

Accept the prayers we bring,

Who in all good delightest,

Thou good and gracious King..


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. Amen

FIRST READING - Philippians 2.5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death - even death on a cross. 

Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

HYMN - Ride on, ride in majesty  NEH 511 - Winchester New

1 Ride on, ride on in majesty!

Hark, all the tribes hosanna cry,

Thy humble beast pursues his road

With palms and scattered garments strowed.

2 Ride on, ride on in majesty!

In lowly pomp ride on to die:

O Christ, thy triumphs now begin

O’er captive death and conquered sin.

3 Ride on, ride on in majesty!

The wingèd squadrons of the sky

Look down with sad and wondering eyes

To see the approaching sacrifice.

4 Ride on, ride on in majesty!

Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;

The Father on his sapphire throne

Awaits his own anointed Son.

5 Ride on, ride on in majesty!

In lowly pomp ride on to die;

Bow thy meek head to mortal pain,

Then take, O God, thy power, and reign..


The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Mark.

At the end - This is the passion of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


As we recall Jesus entering Jerusalem and remember the fickle, changeable behaviour of the crowd, we sit again in our favourite pew, perhaps a little tremulously at the thought of how the future will unfurl. The time of locked doors has been merely months - a speck in our lives, however, the uncertainty has seemed unending and wearisome. But Lord, we are back! 

Back in “thy house, “Wherein thine honour dwells.” 

In all this transiency we turn to you - permanent and immutable.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

We pray for our world where the media presents images of the greedy and the unscrupulous preying on the powerless and vulnerable: modern slavery, teenagers used to transport drugs in county lines, governments ruling by the gun. Guide those political leaders chosen by their people to use their moral weight to influence, to shame and to change. May we in our mission here in this benefice be always mindful of those needing protection.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

Lord in this pandemic we have been separated from parents, siblings, offspring and grandchildren. Despite this, love has not gone away; it is the glue which hold us together. We remember Jesus telling his followers to, “Love one another,” as he had loved them. Love is the perpetual glow in our lives. Today we give thanks for the enduring commitment of Jean and Bill Millar celebrating sixty happy years of marriage. Like diamonds their love is bright, unchanged, undimmed.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

Lord, we bring before you this morning all who are in sorrow, sickness, need or any other adversity, remembering especially Jenny Wilson and those in our own lives about whom we constantly anxious. We ask that you comfort and reassure them.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

We pray for those who have died, and uppermost in our minds this morning Lord is Nancy Emmerson. Through three interregna, she, driven by her faith and indomitable will-power worked to keep our churches open and the worshipping families of Compton and Otterbourne together. So many will remember her invitations to lunch, her visits, her children’s services and the consolation she offered in bereavement. She was during each interregnum our Rector, and her death leaves us with a sense of immense gratitude and immense loss. We ask Lord that you stay close to Bob, to her children and grandchildren as they mourn the passing of such a large character.

Merciful Father, 

accept these prayers, for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


Christ is our peace. He has reconciled us to God in one body by the cross. We meet in his name and share his peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you

HYMN - Who is this in garments gory  H&S 111 - Ebenezer

1. Who is this with garments gory,

Triumphing from Bozrah’s way;

This that weareth robes of glory,

Bright with more than victory’s ray?

Who is this unwearied comer

From his journey’s sultry length,

Traveling through Idumè’s summer

In the greatness of His strength?

2. Wherefore red in Thine apparel

Like the conquerors of the earth,

And arrayed like those who carol

O’er the reeking vineyard’s mirth?

Who art Thou, the valleys seeking

Where our peaceful harvests wave?

I, in righteous anger speaking,

I, the mighty One to save.

3. I, that of the raging heathen

Trod the winepress all alone,

Now in victor garlands wreathen

Coming to redeem Mine own:

I am He with sprinkled raiment,

Glorious for My vengeance hour,

Ransoming, with priceless payment,

And delivering with power.

4. Hail! All hail! Thou Lord of Glory!

Thee, our Father, Thee we own;

Abraham heard not of our story,

Israel ne’er our name hath known.

But, Redeemer, Thou hast sought us,

Thou hast heard Thy children’s wail,

Thou with Thy dear blood hast bought us:

Hail! Thou mighty victor, hail!

The Preparation of the Table

Blessed be God,

by whose grace creation is renewed,

by whose love heaven is opened,

by whose mercy we offer our sacrifice of praise.

Eucharistic Prayer H 

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is right to praise you, Father, Lord of all creation;
in your love you made us for yourself.
When we turned away
you did not reject us,
but came to meet us in your Son.

You embraced us as your children
and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.

In Christ you shared our life

that we might live in him and he in us.

He opened his arms of love upon the cross
and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.

On the night he was betrayed,
at supper with his friends
he took bread, and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
his body is the bread of life.

At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,
he gave you thanks, and said:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;
do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
his blood is shed for all.

As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory,
send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine
may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

As we eat and drink these holy gifts
make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.

With your whole Church throughout the world
we offer you this sacrifice of praise
and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

Jesus, lamb of God: have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us
Jesus, redeemer of the world: grant us your peace.

Send your Spirit on us now that by these gifts we may feed on Christ

with opened eyes and hearts on fire. May we and all who share this food

offer ourselves to live for you and be welcomed at your feast in heaven

where all creation worships you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

Post Communion PRAYER

Lord Jesus Christ,

you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,

and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:

give us the mind to follow you

and to proclaim you as Lord and King,

to the glory of God the Father.  Amen


Christ crucified draw you to himself, to find in him a sure ground for faith, a firm support for hope, and the assurance of sins forgiven; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among and remain with you always. Amen

HYMN - When I survey the wondrous cross  NEH 95 - Rockingham

1 When I survey the wondrous Cross,

On which the Prince of glory died,

My richest gain I count but loss,

And pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast

Save in the death of Christ my God;

All the vain things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to his blood.

3 See from his head, his hands, his feet,

Sorrow and love flow mingled down;

Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,

Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 His dying crimson like a robe,

Spreads o'er his body on the Tree;

Then I am dead to all the globe,

And all the globe is dead to me.

5 Were the whole realm of nature mine,

That were a present far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my soul, my life, my all.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ. Amen