PALM SUNDAY — Year A

First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

Our God has given me a well-trained tongue

         that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.

Morning after morning, God awakens me,

         to hear as disciples do.

God opens my ears;

I was not disobedient,

I did not turn back;

I gave my back to those who beat me,

         my cheeks to those who humiliated me;

I did not hide my face

         from insult and spitting.

The Most High helps me,

         therefore I am not dishonored;

         therefore I have set my face firm.

I know I will not be put to shame.

The Word of God recorded in the book of the prophet Isaiah.

PALM SUNDAY — Year A

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 22

R: My God, my God, why have You deserted me?

 

All who see me jeer at me,

         they toss their heads and sneer,

“You relied on your God, let your God save you!

         If your God is your mend, let your God rescue you!”

 

R: My God, my God, why have You deserted me?

 

A pack of dogs surrounds me,

         a gang of villains closes me in.

They tie me hand and foot

         and leave me lying in the dust of death.

 

R: My God, my God, why have You deserted me?

 

They divide my garments among them

         and cast lots for my clothes.

Do not stand aside, Adonai.

         O my strength, come quickly to my help.

 

R: My God, my God, why have You deserted me?

 

Then I will proclaim Your Name,

         praise You in full assembly:

You who fear the Most High, praise God!

         Entire race of Israel, revere God!

 

R: My God, my God, why have You deserted me?