Palm Sunday Playlist #2: Eight Variations on “Hosanna” (Contemporary)

April 13, 2014

Last night I enjoyed listening to a selection of contemporary Christian songs that incorporate the word “Hosanna” in a key way in the song… All eight songs are quite different, but all exalt Christ.  Have I missed any that you’d like to recommend?  If so, leave a comment!


Andrew PetersonHosanna, from his album Resurrection Letters, Vol 2.  (2010)


Michael W. SmithHosanna, from his 1984 album Michael W. Smith 2.


Passion (Christy Nockels)Hosanna (I See the King of Glory), from the album God of this City (2008)


Paul Baloche: Hosanna (Praise is Rising) [Live], from the new 2014 album Paul Baloche, Live.


Sandi Patty (with 2nd Chapter of Acts)Hosanna, from her 1984 album Morning Like This.  (This is also included in the playlist below)


Scott Wesley BrownHosanna (Open the Gates) from the 1996 album Mission of Praise [rereleased in 2008]


Silverwind: Shout Hosanna, from their 1985 album By His Spirit.


Twila Paris:  Hosanna, from her 2005 album He is Exalted.

Palm Sunday around the blogosphere…

April 13, 2014

Here are the Palm Sunday entries at some of the blogs and websites I read with some regularity…

A Prayer for Palm Sunday: May Christ ever Triumph in our Hearts

April 13, 2014
My friend, the Rev. Kendall Harmon posted this wonderful prayer at TitusOneNine today.  Thanks Kendall.  That’s a keeper!

As on this day we keep the special memory of our Redeemer’s entry into the city, so grant, O Lord, that now and ever he may triumph in our hearts. Let the King of grace and glory enter in, and let us lay ourselves and all we are in full and joyful homage before him; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

–Handley Moule


Here’s an additional Palm Sunday prayer from the Anglican Church of South India, also posted by Kendall today:

O Christ, the King of glory, who didst enter the holy city in meekness to be made perfect through the suffering of death: Give us grace, we beseech thee, in all our life here to take up our cross daily and follow thee, that hereafter we may rejoice with thee in thy heavenly kingdom; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.

–Church of South India

Palm Sunday 2014 entries at Lent & Beyond

April 13, 2014

palm-branch-crossI’ve been enjoying posting a whole bunch of Palm Sunday entries today.  Here’s a list of everything I’ve posted for Palm Sunday:

For Palm Sunday entries from prior years, check out our Palm Sunday compilation, or browse through our Palm Sunday category.

Palm Sunday Quotes: the cries of “Hosanna!” required the cries of “Crucify Him!”

April 13, 2014

“…by yelling “Hosanna!” (which means “Save now!”), the crowd was already yelling “Crucify Him!” and didn’t even realize it. We could not be saved without His death on the cross.”

– a comment by poet Teresa Roberts Johnson related to her latest poem “Fourth Day”

A Palm Sunday poem by Teresa Roberts Johnson: The Witness

April 13, 2014

Donkeys seem to inspire Palm Sunday poetry, of course including GK Chesterton’s well-known poem, The Donkey.

In a similar vein, Anglican poet, Teresa Roberts Johnson, who blogs at Angliverse, last year wrote a poem entitled the Witness.  Here’s the first half of the poem:

The Witness:

One minute I was dozing in the morning sun;
Then I awoke to find my ropes had been undone.
The kindest Man that I have ever seen drew near,
And with one gentle touch He drove away my fear.
When His disciples led me to a crowded street
I bowed my back to Christ, the Mercy Seat.
So I, a donkey, bore the burden of the Lord;
Beneath my feet were palm fronds, spread there by a horde
Of selfish people who had sought to crown Him king,
And loud hosannas through the lanes began to ring.   […. there’s more ….]

Go read it all, along with her notes on the background to. the poem

And don’t miss her brand new Holy Week poem posted today entitled Fourth Day.


See our compilation of Poems for Holy Week for more Palm Sunday poetry.

Four Devotional Reflections for Palm Sunday from the Barnstorming blog

April 13, 2014

I spent some time a week or so ago browsing through the archives of one of my favorite blogs, Emily Polis Gibson’s Barnstorming blog.  I found four of her posts that make wonderful Palm Sunday devotionals:

Palm Sunday:

“So it is ourselves that we must spread under Christ’s feet, not coats or lifeless branches or shoots of trees, matter which wastes away and delights the eye only for a few brief hours.  But we have clothed ourselves with Christ’s grace, with the whole Christ–’for as many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ’—so let us spread ourselves like coats under his feet.”   –8th century bishop Andrew of Crete


Grab a cup of tea or coffee and go enjoy….!

Update:  her 2014 Palm Sunday Entry is here:  Listening to Lent — Every Stone Shall Cry


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