Bible readings for march 27-28
The True King
The collect for the day
Almighty and everlasting God, in your tender love for us you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon himself our nature, and to suffer death upon the Cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and come to share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The LESSON: Mark 11: 1-11
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
The psalm: Psalm 22: 1-11
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me,
and are so far from my cry, and from the words of my complaint?
2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not hear;
in the night season also, but I find no rest.
3 But you remain holy,
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers hoped in you;
they trusted in you, and you delivered them.
5 They called upon you, and were delivered;
they put their trust in you, and were not confounded.
6 But as for me, I am a worm, and no man,
scorned by all, and the outcast of the people.
7 All those who see me laugh me to scorn;
they curl their lips, and shake their heads, saying,
8 “He trusted in God, that he would deliver him;
let him deliver him, if he will have him.”
9 But you are he that took me out of my mother’s womb;
you were my hope, when I was yet upon my mother’s breasts.
10 I have been cast upon you ever since I was born;
you are my God, even from my mother’s womb.
11 O go not far from me, for trouble is near at hand,
and there is none to help me.
The gospel: mark 15: 16-20
Jesus Is Mocked
16 And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.