Order of service

The Liturgy of Palm Sunday

 24 March 2024 at 11 am

St Saviour’s Anglican Church, Rīga


Commemoration of the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem 


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 Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you  and also with you.



Dear brothers and sisters 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 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 palms or branches 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 is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 



The Palm Gospel

When the Gospel is announced the reader says

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Mark  11:1-11 

Glory to you, O Lord.


At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.  

Praise to you, O Christ.

Let us praise Jesus our Messiah.


Hymn 147 (1-3, 5,7) 


The Collect

True and humble king, hailed by the crowd as Messiah: grant us the faith to know you and love you, that we may be found beside you on the way of the cross, which is the path of glory.  



The Liturgy of the Word


Reading: Philippians 2.5-11

This is the word of the Lord.  

Thanks be to God.


The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Mark. 15.1-39


At the end

This is the Passion of the Lord.


Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory. Christ humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and given him the name that is above every name. 

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.


Silent reflection



Prayers of Intercession


Response:  let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.


The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

Once we were far off, but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near  through the shedding of Christ’s blood, for he is our peace.

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


Hymn 153

Preparation of the Table

Jesus, true vine and bread of life, ever giving yourself that the world might live, let us share your death and passion: make us perfect in your love.



The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you  

and also with you.  

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 indeed right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, holy Father,  almighty and eternal God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

For as the time of his passion and resurrection draws near  the whole world is called to acknowledge his hidden majesty. The power of the life-giving cross reveals the judgement  that has come upon the world and the triumph of Christ crucified. 

He is the victim who dies no more, the Lamb once slain,  who lives for ever, our advocate in heaven to plead our cause, exalting us there to join with angels and archangels, for ever praising you and singing:

Hymn 418 

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

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

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Lord God, you are the most holy one,  enthroned in splendour and light,   yet in the coming of your Son Jesus Christ you reveal the power of your love made perfect in our human weakness. 

Amen. Lord, we believe. 

Embracing our humanity, Jesus showed us the way of salvation;  loving us to the end,  he gave himself to death for us;  dying for his own, he set us free from the bonds of sin,  that we might rise and reign with him in glory.  

Amen. Lord, we believe. 

On the night he gave up himself for us all he took bread and gave you thanks;  he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:  Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me. 

Amen. Lord, we believe.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying:  Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant  which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. 

Amen. Lord, we believe. 

Therefore we proclaim the death that he suffered on the cross,  we celebrate his resurrection, his bursting from the tomb,  we rejoice that he reigns at your right hand on high  and we long for his coming in glory. 

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus 

As we recall the one, perfect sacrifice of our redemption,  Father, by your Holy Spirit let these gifts of your creation  be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;  form us into the likeness of Christ and make us a perfect offering in your sight.  

Amen. Come, Holy, Spirit 

Look with favour on your people and in your mercy hear the cry of our hearts.  Bless the earth, heal the sick,  let the oppressed go free   and fill your Church with power from on high.   

Amen. Come, Holy, Spirit 

Gather your people from the ends of the earth   to feast with all your saints at the table in your kingdom,  where the new creation is brought to perfection in Jesus Christ our Lord;   by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,  for ever and ever. Amen.  

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Breaking of the Bread

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup, 

we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


Giving of Communion

Draw near with faith. 

Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you,

and his blood which he shed for you.

Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you, 

and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.


Music during communion


Prayer after Communion

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.  


Faithful God,  may we who share this banquet

glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, our salvation, life and hope,  who reigns as Lord now and for ever. Amen.


The Dismissal

The Blessing

May the Father, who so loved the world that he gave his only Son, bring you by faith to his eternal life.  


May Christ, who accepted the cup of sacrifice in obedience to the Father’s will, keep you steadfast as you walk with him the way of his cross.  


May the Spirit, who strengthens us to suffer with Christ that we may share his glory, set your minds on life and peace.  


And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  





Hymn 157


The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  

In the name of Christ. Amen.




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Next week:

Concert: Wednesday 27 March 13:00 


Saturday  30 March  10:00 – Soup Kitchen, for volunteering contact Pavels


Thursday 28 March 18:00- Maundy Thursday Eucharist


Friday 29 March 17:00- Liturgy of the Cross


Sunday 31 March 11:00 – Easter Sunday Eucharist, 

visiting choir ‘Delta” 


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Churchwardens Joseph Horgan & Jānis Krievkalns

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