ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
The Gospel (St. Matthew 21:1-13) also emphasizes Christ's Coming. At this time of the year, the account is not so much about the historical entry of Christ into Jerusalem at Palm Sunday; it is more of a reminder that Christ the Messianic King has come to humanity, keeps coming to us and will come again at the last day. He comes humbly and peaceably as our rightful ruler who does not have to prove Himself. Yet, even when He comes in this simple peaceful way, He is so holy that He automatically brings rebuke and judgment to human corruption, a corruption that had even perverted the purposes of the Jerusalem Temple. So as we begin our preparations for the great Christmas festival, let us also begin to examine our souls. Only through spiritual self-examination, repentance and renewal can we truly develop an appreciation for the good news that Christ's Coming brings.