Jesus revealed to his disciples the deepest meaning of his mission when he told them of his passion, death and resurrection, in fulfilment of the Father’s will. He then called the disciples to share in this mission for the salvation of the world. In our Lenten journey towards Easter, let us remember the One who “humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8).
Pope Francis 2021 Lenten message
Sixth Sunday of Lent – Palm Sunday 28 March
Procession with palms – Gospel Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16
‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Reading I: Isaiah 50:4-7
‘The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.’
Responsorial: Psalm 31 (30): 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16
Response: In you, O Lord, I seek refuge.
YouTube video version with verses 1-5, 15-16 of psalm 31 HERE
OR Psalm 22 (21)
Response: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Audio track from Michael Herry fms HERE
Music score HERE
Reading II: Philippians 2:6-11
…’that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’
Gospel: The Passion of Christ Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39
… “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
Holy Week Resources
Suggestions for Praying at Home during Holy Week
With Palm Sunday we begin following even more closely the story of Jesus during Holy Week. This resource is full of very good suggestions to pray each day at home concerning the events leading up to Easter Sunday. Download a pdf HERE
Women of the Cross.
'Pathways to God' by the Jesuits in Britain have published a series encouraging us to listen to voices of six women we have encountered in scripture, waiting on Holy Saturday. These imaginative stories are written to help us understand our own powerlessness in the face of the events surrounding Jesus during Holy Week. You could listen to one each day this coming week. Women of the Cross HERE