Prayer for Palm Sunday

O God of our ecstatic praises
and tumultuously shouted joys:
grant us the courage of rejoicing,
for although our hearts will soon
slip back into their stony selves,
wishing to cry out, but not,
and although everything we now celebrate
will soon go heartbreakingly wrong,
in this hour of Jesus’ triumph
let our hearts open wide with joy
and overflow with the Spirit’s power,
making us for this hour one people in the delight
that forever flows within you, the One God. Amen.


  1. Amen indeed.

  2. Beautiful.

  3. FlatStanley says:

    Jason, these prayers have become one of my favorite posts in the blogosphere. Thank you. They’re inspired and inspirational.

  4. Beautiful and thank you.
    (For some reason I moved into a melancholy related to Palm Sunday, this year different than others. So tumultuously shouted joys feel distant and stony self present. But that’s just me just this year.)

  5. FlatStanley: I’m delighted to be praying with you.

    christiankimball: Yes, I hear you. It’s been a hard week on many fronts. (See also Kristine’s post.)

  6. Olde Skool says:

    This may be my favorite of the prayers in the series. Thank you. Amen.

  7. melodynew says:

    Beautiful! Thank you. This is a perfect start to my week.

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