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Palm Sunday

Hosanna, Hosanna filio David.

Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.

Hosanna, Hosanna in excelsis.



News of the Order and commentary appear after the Proper Collect, Epistle and Gospel


Palm Sunday
Augustine on Psalm CXVII
Palm Sunday Home

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility; Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

To be said daily, after the Collect appointed for othe day, until Good Friday

Source: Sacramentary of Galesius, Bishop of Rome [494 AD]. "Palms" were carried by people on this Sunday in remembrance of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem.

Zechariah ix. 9, Psalm 97, 110 | 22, 23 , Philippians ii. 5.     St. Matthew xxvii. 1.

when he was accused of the chief priests and elders,
he answered nothing













Scripture quotation


Josiah..put down the idolatrous priests..brake down the houses of the sodomites..brake in pieces the images and cut down the groves…slew the priests of the high places…and commanded all the people… Keep the Passover.. surely there was not holden such a Passover from the days of he judges…


[ 2 Kings 23 ]

 bidding prayer


For centurions in harms way. For a just peace in our day. For a holy and reverent week of devotion and preparation for all centurions and their families.




We are entering the last week of Passiontide.  It is the most solemn week of the Christian year as one notes in the calendar above. Every day in the West's old calendar is a Holy day. I hope to forward the collects and lessons to the listserve day-by-day. It is a time for final preparation before the feast of the Resurrection. We are reminded in the quotation above of how the good King Josiah cleansed Judah and the Temple of the evil that pervaded it before the greatest Passover of the Old Testament. We remember how Jesus cleansed the Temple in his last days before the greatest Passover the world knew or will ever know. We are called upon to cleanse our houses also, for "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are" [1Cor3:17]


In that regard, we recall that our Lord said that those who did what he said were of his flock, and those who did not were no part of his [Matthew 7:13ff, John 14:23, etc.]. Peter made this same observation in Acts concerning Cornelius and his family.  Augustine cites this story below as he looks at verse 8 of our appointed and featured psalm for this week: Psalm 97.


11. "Sion heard of it, and rejoiced" (ver. 8). What did Sion hear? That all His Angels worship Him....For the Church was not as yet among the Gentiles; in Judaea the Jews had some of them believed, and the very Jews who believed thought that they only belonged to Christ: the Apostles were sent to the Gentiles, Cornelius was preached to; Cornelius believed, was baptized, and they who were with Cornelius were also baptized. But ye know what happened, that they might be baptized: the reader indeed hath not reached this point, but, nevertheless, some recollect; and let those who do not recollect, hear briefly from me. The Angel was sent to Cornelius: the Angel sent Cornelius to Peter; Peter came to Cornelius. And because Cornelius and his household were Gentiles, and uncircumcised: lest they might hesitate to give the Gospel to the uncircumcised: before Cornelius and his household were baptized, the Holy Spirit came, and filled them, and they began to speak with tongues. Now the Holy Spirit had not fallen upon any one who had not been baptized: but upon these It fell before baptism. For Peter might hesitate whether he might baptize the uncircumcised: the Holy Spirit came, they began to speak with tongues; the invisible gift was given, and took away all doubt about the visible Sacrament; they were all baptized....What did Sion hear, and rejoice at? That the Gentiles also had received the word of God. One wall had come, but the corner existed not as yet. The name Sion is here peculiarly given to the Church which was in Judaea. "Sion heard of it, and rejoiced: and the daughters of Judah were glad." Thus it is written, "The apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard." See if the daughters of Judaea rejoiced not. What did they hear? "That the Gentiles had also received the word of God."...Therefore, "The daughters of Judah rejoiced because of Thy judgments, O Lord." What is, because of Thy judgments? Because in any nation, and in any people, he that serveth Him is accepted of Him: for He is not the God of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles.


Note Augustine's conclusion and apex of this paragraph (emboldened). It echoes Peter's statement – and the model for the Motto of the Order. Let us serve the Lord.


Order of Centurions



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