Music for a Palm Sunday evening: Classic Hymns and Choral Music

April 14, 2014

Finally…. after devoting time earlier today to posting a bunch of contemporary Palm Sunday playlists and worship song compilations, before signing off for the night, I want to post a few classic Palm Sunday hymns and wonderful pieces of choral music.

O Worship the King (Hanover). Robert Quinney, James O’Donnell & Westminster Abbey Choir. from Rejoice, the Lord Is King! – Great Hymns from Westminster Abbey (2014) 2:21


Hosanna To The Son Of David. The Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle.  from Lord, By Your Cross & Resurrection (disc 1): Passion (Palm) Sunday-Good Friday (2005) 2:50


All Glory, Laud and Honor. Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.  from Lent At Ephesus (2014), 2:43


Hosanna To the Son of David Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. from Lent At Ephesus (2014) 2:29


Ride On! Ride On In Majesty! Saint Michael’s Singers, Coventry Cathedral from Christ Triumphant (2008), 2:32


20 Worship Songs for Palm Sunday (Contemporary)

April 14, 2014

I’m not going to be able to upload all 20 of these songs tonight, but I thought I could at least post the details of 20 worship songs that are part of my 2014 Palm Sunday playlist – songs focusing largely on Christ’s kingship and majesty, several exhorting us to praise Him “before the rocks cry out,” and several focusing on His humility.  Unless otherwise noted, all the links are to the iTunes US store.  They’re in somewhat random order…  Enjoy!

Majesty of Heaven Chris Tomlin. from And If Our God Is for Us (2010), 4:45

The Splendor of a King (How Great Is Our God), Chris Tomlin.  from Arriving (2004), 4:27

King of Glory, Chris Tomlin. from Arriving (2004), 3:08

Glorious, Chris Tomlin & Christy Nockels. from Passion: Everything Glorious (2006), 5:25

The Lord Reigns, Gateway Worship.  from The First 10 Years Collection (2013), 4:12

The Glory of Our King, Matt Redman. from We Shall Not Be Shaken (2009), 4:27

You Reign, MercyMe.  from All That Is Within Me (2008),  3:50

The Lord Reigns, from Revival at Brownsville, (1996) 3:35

Sing to The King, Ross Parsley. from I Am Free (2005), 4:44

King Of Glory, Sandi Patty. from Morning Like This (1986) 2:38

King of Glory. Third Day. from Offerings: A Worship Album (2000) 6:23

Messiah. Twila Paris. from He Is Exalted (2005) 4:44

Oh Deliverer, Matthew Ward. from The Maranatha! Singers Hosanna – 15 Songs Of Freedom (1989), 2:34

Shout For Joy. Lincoln Brewster. from Real Life (2010) 4:32

Before the rocks cry out. [link is to a YouTube audio] Tim Sheppard from I Am Determined (1980) 4:03

Ain’t No Rock. Urban Hope from PMAC Yesterday & Today (2005) 3:04

Crown Him (Majesty) [feat. Kari Jobe], Chris Tomlin. from Burning Lights (2013)

Humble King. Vineyard Music (Kathryn Scott). from Hungry (2001) 4:46

Meekness and Majesty. Graham Kendrick from The Very Best of Graham Kendrick – Knowing You Jesus (2010) 3:38

The Servant King. Graham Kendrick from The Very Best of Graham Kendrick – Knowing You Jesus (2010) 4:55

This Kingdom. Hillsong. from Shout to the Lord With Hillsong Music Australia (1996) 5:46

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”

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