About Palm Sunday Year A (Passion Sunday)
When is Palm Sunday in 2023?
Sunday April 2, 2023
The readings for Palm Sunday Year A (Passion Sunday) focus on the stark contrast between the crowds love for Jesus and then their act of abandonment. The reading for the procession of the palms (Matthew 21:1-11) tells how Jesus was greeted by a joyous crowd when he entered Jerusalem. The first reading (Isaiah 50:4-7) speaks of the suffering servant. The psalm (Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24) reflects Jesus’ words on the cross, but ends as a song of praise. The second reading (Philippians 2:6-11) reminds us that Jesus is lord of all. And in the gospel (Matthew 26:14 – 27:66) we hear the narrative of Jesus’ crucifixion and his willing sacrifice for us.
Palm Sunday Year A
Sunday April 2, 2023
- Where Is God?
- Where Have You Been? Reflection
- Mass of the Lord’s Supper
- Good Friday Services
- Prayerfully Read the Passion of Our Lord
What are the Mass Readings for the Palm Sunday Year A?
- Procession – Matthew 21:1-11: “The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road.”
- First Reading – Isaiah 50:4-7: “Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 22: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
- Second Reading – Philippians 2:6-11: “Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.”
- Gospel – Matthew 26:14 – 27:66: “I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.”
What Are the Themes for the Mass Readings for Palm Sunday Year A?
- Jesus’ act of sacrificial love
- The revelation of the nature of God
- Feeling abandoned
Resources for Palm Sunday Year A
This prayer is based on Psalm 22, which is the responsorial psalm for Palm Sunday Year C. It is a prayer for when we feel like God is nowhere to be found. Psalm 22 is the psalm Jesus prayed from the cross when he quoted “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Reflect on the sentencing of Jesus. It works well if one person reads the scripture and another reads the meditation. It includes a set of questions for small group discussion.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper commemorates the last supper of Jesus Christ with his disciples, when the institution of the priesthood and the Eucharist took place. Holy Thursday is not a holy day of obligation, but you should consider attending with your whole family.
The Jelly Bean Prayer is a fun Easter prayer for your family or youth ministry. Make up some jars of jelly beans to give away with the prayer during the Octave of Easter. Put them on display for the rest of Lent to remember that we are walking this Lenten journey with the hope of celebrating the resurrection of our Lord on Easter.
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. On Good Friday, Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, who died to redeem us. There is no mass on Good Friday, but your local parish will hold a liturgy to remember this tremendous act of love. Attend them with your family.
We are all familiar with the Passion story. We hear it every year on Palm Sunday and on Good Friday. But when we read it at Mass, we read it at the same pace as the whole congregation. So try reading it prayerfully on your own.
Fasting is one of the traditional Lenten practices for Catholics. One way to fast is to have a poor man’s meal. Instead of a full dinner, have a simple bowl of soup and a few crackers. This method of fasting is a way to express solidarity with the hungry and homeless in our community.
This printable cryptogram is a fun way to introduce youth to the vocabulary for Lent and Triduum. Each word is encrypted and definitions are given. Youth must consider the definition and then decrypt the word.
Visiting an elderly relative or friend can be a meaningful activity for children and teens during Lent. Or visit a nursing home. But it can also be uncomfortable for children, young and old, who are not used to visiting with senior citizens. They seem to have so little in common. But in fact, there are some easy ways to break the ice.
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