February 22, 2024     4:00 pm
75. Week of Septuagesima Sunday - Thursday
Hosanna to the Son of David!
          Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!   Mathew 21:9
          The following day, on Sunday, Jesus went to Jerusalem with His disciples and a great number of people from Bethany. Bethany was situated on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives, immediately east of Jerusalem. And when they approached the hamlet of Bethphage, still on the east side of the mountain, Jesus sent two of His disciples, saying: "Go into the village nearby, and right away you shall find a donkey tied up and a colt with her.  Untie them and bring them to me. And if any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them'; and immediately he will send them." This happened so that what was said through the prophet would come true: "Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your King comes to you, gentle, and riding on a donkey, and a colt, the foal of a donkey." The disciples went, and did as Jesus had directed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and put their clothes on them, and Jesus sat on them. And a very great multitude that had come to meet Him from Jerusalem spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them in the way. The people who went ahead of Him and followed were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!" And when He came into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying: "Who is this?" And the multitude said: "This is Jesus, the Prophet of Nazareth of Galilee." (Matt. 21:1-11.)
          It was Jesus' will, before His suffering and death, to be publicly proclaimed the Christ by and before all the people that had come to the Passover at Jerusalem from all the ends of the earth. And so it was done. But soon the Hosannas were turned into "Crucify Him, crucify Him!" Do you, however, in constant faith, hail your Saviour, who has come in the name of the Lord to save you through His suffering and death?
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, I, a poor sinner, praise and magnify You that You have presented Yourself a sacrifice also for my redemption and salvation. You are indeed the Saviour of the world, promised since the world began, eagerly expected by so many a believing heart. Open, I beseech You my heart and lips by Your Holy Spirit, that I, too, poor sinner though I be, may join in the praises of Your people whom You have redeemed. Amen.

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