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Gathering RitualPalm/Passion Sunday • March 25, 2018 • Jesus’ Passion and DeathSunday Readings: Mark 11:1-10; Isaiah 50:4–7; Philippians 2:6–11; Mark 14:1–15:47Play and Sing: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” which may be found in the Venture student lesson for this week.Leader: We live in communion with god in the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the community of the Holy Spirit. We begin—All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.First ReadingReader: A reading from the prophet Isaiah 50:4–7 The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.All: Morning after morning, God opens my ears that I may hear.Reader: I have not rebelled nor turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buf- fets and spitting.All: The Lord God is my help.Reader: I am not disgraced; I have set my face likeflint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.Prayer Psalm 22, Sunday’s Responsorial PsalmLeader: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”All: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?GospelLeader: Let us prepare ourselves to listen to the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.All: Loving God, open our ears to hear your call.Leader: Open our eyes to see the Spirit in our lives. All: Open our hearts to live the Gospel as one of yourdisciples.Reader: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (Mark 14:1–15-47). Use the Gospel in reader parts from Venture or Visions.ReflectionPalm/Passion Sunday, which we celebrate thisweek, begins Holy Week. Palms are its symbol, the leafy branches that citizens of Jerusalem broke off trees and waved to welcome Jesus into their city.In its liturgy for Sunday, the Church first reads this peaceful Gospel and then follows with the Passion story. Before Mass, we bless palms and celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. During Mass, we read the story of Jesus’ suffering, humiliation, and Death.From earliest times, Christians remembered Jesus’ last days by visiting the sites and remembering the happenings at them. Our Holy Week liturgies allow us to journey with Jesus through the last eventsof his life—his Last Supper with his friends, his Passion, Death, and Resurrection. In worship, the word “celebrate” means to remember and make present in story, actions and symbols. Let us go into our sessions and reflect on Holy Week and what its liturgies mean to us.Concluding PrayerInvite the children who use Good News to dramatize Jesus’ last journey to Jerusalem, which appears in this week’s lesson.Leader: Our attitude must be Christ’s. All: He was in the form of God.Leader: But he did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at.All: He humbled himself, accepting death on a cross.Invite the children who use Venture to lead the song on page 3 of their lesson, “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.” Have the children sing the verses and have everyone sing the refrain.© 2018 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. The Gospel for All Ages Family Catechesis program is a free resource available to parishes, schools, and families who use P aum Gospel Weeklies. They may also reproduce the Family Corner feature for use in digital and print publications. (800-543-4383) gospelweeklies.comFamily Catechesis

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