Monday 13 September

Lord God,
defend your Church from all false teaching
and give to your people knowledge of your truth,
that we may enjoy eternal life
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 11.1–11
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.” ’ They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
   Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’
 Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Psalms 27
    The Lord is my light and my salvation;
      whom then shall I fear?
   The Lord is the strength of my life;
      of whom then shall I be afraid?
    When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes,
      came upon me to eat up my flesh,
   they stumbled and fell.
    Though a host encamp against me,
      my heart shall not be afraid,
   and though there rise up war against me,
      yet will I put my trust in him.
    One thing have I asked of the Lord
      and that alone I seek:
   that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
      all the days of my life,
    To behold the fair beauty of the Lord
   and to seek his will in his temple.
    For in the day of trouble
      he shall hide me in his shelter;
   in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me
      and set me high upon a rock.
    And now shall he lift up my head
   above my enemies round about me;
    Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation
      with great gladness;
   I will sing and make music to the Lord.
    Hear my voice, O Lord, when I call;
   have mercy upon me and answer me.
      My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’
   Your face, Lord, will I seek.
      Hide not your face from me,
   nor cast your servant away in displeasure.
      You have been my helper;
   leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
      Though my father and my mother forsake me,
   the Lord will take me up.
      Teach me your way, O Lord;
   lead me on a level path,
      because of those who lie in wait for me.
      Deliver me not into the will of my adversaries,
   for false witnesses have risen up against me,
      and those who breathe out violence.
      I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
   in the land of the living.
      Wait for the Lord;
      be strong and he shall comfort your heart;
   wait patiently for the Lord.