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 Peterson: Hosanna, from his album Resurrection Letters, Vol 2. (2010)
Michael W. Smith: Hosanna, from his 1984 album Michael W. Smith 2.
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.
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.
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 ….]
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:
“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