Mark 11:1-10 (NRSV)
1 When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage
and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples
2 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.
3 If anyone says
to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The
Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.” ’
4 They went away
and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they
were untying it,
5 some of the
bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the
6 They told them
what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it.
7 Then they brought
the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.
8 Many people
spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches
that they had cut in the fields.
9 Then those who went
ahead and those who followed were shouting,
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10 Blessed is
the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’
Mark 14:1-2, 10-11 (NRSV)
1 It was
two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread.
The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest
Jesus by stealth and kill him;
2 for they said,
‘Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the
10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went
to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.
11 When they heard
it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So
he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.