Traditional Opening Prayers For Holy Week Services

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Many of the prayers below are based on centuries-old texts. They aptly express the themes of Holy Week worship. Adapt these prayers to local usage and style.

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)

Almighty and ever-living God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him 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 also share in...


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