Lutheran Order of Service for the 6th and last Sunday in Lent (Palmarum)

This 6th and last Sunday in Lent (Palmarum) is the beginning of Holy week (“Stille Woche” – translated directly as “Silent week”) and has as its gospel theme Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, while the people are singing: “Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he, who comes in the name of the Lord.”  His entry already is overshadowed by the watchword from Saint John’s gospel 3,14b.15: “… the Son of Man must be lifted up,  that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

In the Old Testament reading from Isaiah 50,4-9 the Lord’s servant (Ebed Jhwh) is describing his ordeal as he faithfully remains obedient to the Father. This mirrors the innocent suffering of Jesus during his last week before his death in Jerusalem. In the Epistle of Philippians 2,5-11 (Hymn of Christ) Christ, our saviour is depicted as the one, who was obedient unto death and victoriously installed at the right hand of the Father after his mission of redemption and salvation was successfully accomplished. To him be all the glory now and forever +

In this year the sermon texts are from the 4th series and is on the Old Testament reading from the prophet Isaiah 50,4-9. Read the Zulu sermon by Rev. E.A.W.Weber DD here: LutheraLutheran Order of worship for Palmarum with Sermon on Is.50,4-9 by Rev. E.A.W.Weber DD in isiZulu and the Tswana translation here: Lutheran Order of worship for Palmarum with sermon on Is.50,4-9 by Rev. E.A.W.Weber DD in seTswana.

All glory, laud, and honor
to thee, Redeemer, King!
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou art the King of Israel,
thou David’s royal Son,
who in the Lord’s Name comest,
the King and Blessed One. Refrain

The company of angels
are praising thee on high;
and mortal men and all things
created make reply. Refrain

The people of the Hebrews
with palms before thee went;
our praise and prayer and anthems
before thee we present. Refrain

To thee before thy passion
they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted,
our melody we raise. Refrain

Thou didst accept their praises;
accept the prayers we bring,
who in all good delightest,
thou good and gracious King. Refrain

Words: Theodulph of Orleans (ca. 750-821), ca. 820
Trans. John Mason Neale (1818-1866), 1854,
as altered in Hymns Ancient and Modern

MIDI: St. Theodulph (Valet will ich dir geben),
(Melchior Teschner, 1584-1635, arranged William Henry Monk, 1823-1889)

Thank you for the support of the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, which enables the publication and distribution of these weekly orders – and thank you especially too to the pastors of the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa for writing these sermons diligently and faithfully +

A very blessed Holy week to you and yours +

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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