FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT – Holy Gospel: Mark 11:1-10

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat.  Untie it and bring it.  3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’”  4And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it.  5And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”  6And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go.  7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it.  8And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields.  9And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!  Hosannain the highest!”