Palm Sunday Liturgy of the Passion: Emptied Himself, Humbled Himself – Philippians 2:5-11

Philippians 2:5-11

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6   who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7   but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8        he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death —
even death on a cross.

9   Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10   so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11   and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.  Turn your face to the Lord.
  • Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.  Turn your mind to the Lord.
  • And He shall lift you up.
  • Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.  Turn your face to the Lord.
  • Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.  Turn your mind to the Lord.
  • And He shall lift you up.
  • Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.  Turn your face to the Lord.
  • Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.  Turn your mind to the Lord.
  • And He shall lift you up.
  • How is God calling you to be obedient today?
  • Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.  Turn your face to the Lord.
  • Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.  Turn your mind to the Lord.
  • And He shall lift you up.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, April 5, 2020, Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) (Year A)

Liturgy of the Palms Readings:
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Matthew 21:1-11
Liturgy of the Passion Readings:
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  (c) 2020 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

Rev. Dr. Lil Smith is a trained spiritual director, supervisor, and co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX.  Upon completion of her spiritual direction training, Lil began Praying the Lectionary in 2011 as a spiritual practice for her morning prayer time.  Instead of reading about someone else’s experience of God, it was important for her to create a prayer practice that would encourage felt sense experience of the Holy emerging from within.  It dawned on her others might enjoy the practice, as well.  So she began to share them on this site.

As you experience the practice of Praying the Lectionary, adopt a loving, caring, and compassionate stance.  If the end of your prayer and meditation time is not pointing to love and hope, there is more work to do.  Keep wrestling.  God is faithful to your journey.  Love and hope will emerge.  Be gentle with yourself and befriend any judgment that arises in you.

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