Music links updated 2014
I spent some time last night creating a Holy Week playlist in iTunes. I have an extensive collection of contemporary Christian music (CCM) and worship music and while I greatly enjoy classic church music and hymns, it was fun last night to pull out some of the “classic CCM” tunes I used to listen to during Holy Week when I was in high school and college.
Below you’ll find four CCM classics and one slightly more recent worship song that I find best express the contrasts of Palm Sunday – the exuberant joy and excitement of the crowd as Jesus entered Jerusalem, the heart cry of longing for a Redeemer and the deep shadow and sorrow that lies over the day as Jesus knowingly “rides on to die.” But first, a prayer:
A Prayer for Palm Sunday (from the IMBY.net Lenten Devotional blog)
I worship you Lord! You did not enter your holy city Jerusalem on the back of a war horse, but humbly and on a donkey. You knew that you were surrounded by murderers, yet you came in peace, and by your sacrifice you would utterly conquer death before the week had passed. You, oh Lord, are blessed and worthy of my praise. You have saved your people. I say, “you are my king!” … I long to live in the city where you sit on the throne! Establish your Kingdom, so that your people can live in peace. Jesus, I bow before you, and I will sing your praises until your Kingdom comes and is established, and forever after.
- Sandi Patti: Hosanna (from her 1986 album Was it a Morning Like This) Listen Online, iTunes link
- First Call: Messiah (from their 1986 album Undivided) Listen Online, iTunes link
- Dan Schutte: Hosanna to the Son of David (from his 1989 album Always & Everywhere) Listen Online iTunes link
- Fernando Ortega: Come Oh Redeemer Come (from his 1999 EP Give Me Jesus) Listen Online (but ignore the video!); iTunes link
- Michael Card: Ride on to Die (from his 1983 album Known by the Scars – an album focused soley on Christ’s passion in Holy Week. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!) Listen Online, iTunes link
Here are all of the above songs as a streaming playlist:
If my internet connection is good enough, I’ll hope to post a variety of worship songs – including some classic choral music too – each day of Holy Week, in addition to daily prayers and reflections.
Note: All of these songs are available for download at iTunes.