2nd Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday

Below we have suggestions for (a) the Entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) itself and (b) all of Holy Week, for when this is explored in full on this Sunday

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)

Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

All people that on earth do dwell (StF 1)
Christ is made the sure foundation (StF 677)
Holy, holy, holy Lord (StF 789)
*In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
Praise is rising, eyes are turning to you (StF 64)
Sanctus and Benedictus (Holy, holy, holy Lord; Blessed is he) (StF 785)
*Santo, santo, santo (Holy, holy, holy God of power and might) (StF 766)
We are marching in the light of God (StF 483)

Luke 19: 28-40 (The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem)

All glory, laud and honour (StF 262)
Blest are the pure in heart (StF 244)
Christ, our king before creation (StF 318)
*Food to pilgrims given, strength upon the way (StF 584)
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest (StF 263)
Jesus comes with all his grace (StF 326)
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim (StF 276)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
Make way, make way, for Christ the king in splendour comes (StF 264)
Ride on, ride on in majesty! (StF 265)
*Santo, santo, santo (Holy, holy, holy God of power and might) (StF 766)

The Passion

Isaiah 50: 4-9a

*Come, wounded healer, your sufferings reveal (StF 271)
*In Christ alone my hope is found (StF 351)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
Man of Sorrows! What a name for the Son of God (StF 361)
Open, Lord, my inward ear (StF 450)

Psalm 31: 9-16

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

At the name of Jesus (StF 317)
*Come, wounded healer, your sufferings reveal (StF 271)
*Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
We turn to God when we are sorely pressed (StF 640)
When, O God, our faith is tested (StF 649)
*Who would ever have believed it? (StF 290)

Philippians 2: 5-11

I am not skilled to understand what God has willed (StF 349)
Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice (StF 274)
Light of the world, you stepped into darkness (StF 175)
*Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
We do not presume to come to this table (StF 601) (for communion)
What kind of love is this that gave itself for me? (StF 286)
*Who would ever have believed it? (StF 290)

Luke 22: 14- 23: 56
or Luke 23: 1-49


To assist with the ordering of hymns in a service, the following suggestions are placed in shorter biblical sections. If your service is a reading of the longer Passion Narrative alongside a celebration of Holy Communion you may like to consider reading Luke 22:39 – 23:56 after the elements have been distributed.

Luke 22: 14-38 (The Last Supper)

All the room was hushed and still (StF 266)
An upper room did our Lord prepare (StF 569)
Because you have said ‘Do this for my sake’ (StF 574)
Dusty-footed, heavy-hearted (website only)
*Food to pilgrims given, strength upon the way (StF 584)
*From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us (StF 594)
Sing my tongue the Saviour's glory (StF 268)
Up to your table, Lord, you call us (StF 599)
We gather round this table (website only) communion

Luke 22: 39-65 (Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane – his betrayal and arrest)
*From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
*Jesus in the olive grove (StF 267)
Lord, in our lonely hours (StF 616)
One human family God has made (StF 687)
*Praise to the Holiest in the height (StF 334)
*Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)
Stay with me, remain here with me (StF 780)
To see the King of heaven fall (StF 269)
Up to your table, Lord, you call us (StF 599)
*We do not hope to ease our minds (StF 717)
When my love for Christ grows weak (StF 289)
*When you prayed beneath the trees, it was for me (StF 339)
Who would ever have believed it? (StF 290)
You call us, as you called the Twelve (website only)

Luke 22: 65 – 23:25 (Jesus on trial)
Come and see, come and see (StF 270)
*Jesus in the olive grove (StF 267)
*Pray for the Church, afflicted and oppressed (StF 711)
*We do not hope to ease our minds (StF 717)

Luke 23: 26-49 (The crucifixion and death of Jesus)

And can it be that I should gain? (StF 345) especially suitable as a closing hymn
From heaven you came, helpless babe (StF 272)
*Here hangs a man discarded (StF 273)
Jesus, remember me (StF 777)
Jesus the carpenter, hanging on Calvary (StF 275)
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice (StF 359)
*Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity (StF 362)
*My song is love unknown (StF 277)
O Love divine, what have you done! (StF 278)
Son of God humiliated (website only)
Stay here where nails are driven (StF 282)
*Praise to the Holiest in the height (StF 334)
There is a green hill far away (StF 284)
*We do not hope to ease our minds (StF 717)
When I survey the wondrous cross (StF 287)
*When you prayed beneath the trees, it was for me (StF 339)

Luke 23: 50-56 (The burial of Jesus)

All for Jesus (StF 341)
I danced in the morning (StF 247)
*My song is love unknown (StF 277)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (StF 285)
‘Why has God forsaken me?’ (StF 291)