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April 2014
Lectionary Readings

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This interactive demo is designed to give you a taste of what you will actually experience online as a subscriber. The demo lets you sample the resources available for two Sundays prior to today. Click on the Lectionary tab above to see the lectionary readings for every Sunday and festival in the church year. Click on Commentary to read expert commentary on the selected texts. Click on Bible to access the full NRSV. Click on Library to review a list of articles on preaching skills and the challenges of preaching today, including essays from New Proclamation on preaching in the seasons of the church year.

Beginning in December 2013, use the new Lectionary Notes tab to go to Gail Ramshaw's insights on the texts in "The Readings in the Bible" and "The Readings on This Day."

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Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Craig A. Satterlee
With Jesus, we begin Holy Week by entering Jerusalem. In fourth-century Jerusalem, the assembly went to the Mount of Olives in the early afternoon of the Sunday that began Holy Week. At about five o'clock, the gospel account of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem was read and the people processed on foot from the summit of the Mount of Olives into the city. Children participated in the procession and...  Read more...

Melinda A. Quivik
The liturgy for Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Evangelical Lutheran Worship does not include Psalm 118 except for the responsive use of verse 26 as the opening of the liturgy when the people gather with their palms outside the worship space. The presider cries out, "Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord," and the assembly replies, "Hosanna in the highest." The rubric...  Read more...

Alice L. Laffey
This year the Gospel account that we hear for the procession of palms, the account of Jesus' passion on Palm/Passion Sunday, and the account of Jesus' resurrection read at the Easter Vigil is Matthew's. The authors of Matthew's Gospel preached to a Jewish community who knew the Hebrew scriptures and alluded to them constantly.Our king rides a donkey, and though God reigns over all the earth, God...  Read more...

Donald Juel
The Sunday many have known as Palm Sunday is now celebrated as Passion Sunday. Two Gospel readings are listed: the first, Jesus' triumphal procession into Jerusalem; the second, the account of the passion. Which reading to use depends a great deal on plans for Holy Week. If there is to be a Good Friday service at which the passion story will be read, it is perhaps unnecessary on Sunday. It is...  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
The Readings in the Bible
Matthew, writing in the mid-80s, added some significant details to Mark's description of the empty tomb. In Matthew, an earthquake accompanied the descent of a radiant angel; there are guards who became immobilized with fear; the women experienced...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
By the second century, Christians had shaped Passover into an annual celebration of Christ's resurrection, having agreed to keep this Christianized Pascha on the Sunday following the Jewish festival. By medieval times, the full Easter Vigil had been...  Read more...

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