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 Playlist #1 (Contemporary)

April 13, 2014

Back in 2009 I posted a short Palm Sunday devotional:  Prayer and Songs for Palm Sunday: Ride on to die – the contrast between exuberance and sorrow which included a 5 song playlist:

  • Sandi PattiHosanna (from her 1986 album Was it a Morning Like This)
  • First CallMessiah (from their 1986 album Undivided)
  • Dan SchutteHosanna to the Son of David (from his 1989 album Always & Everywhere)
  • Fernando OrtegaCome Oh Redeemer Come (from his 1999 EP Give Me Jesus)
  • 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!)

These 5 songs capture something of the shifting mood of Palm Sunday and Holy Week, from the excitement and joyful exuberance and praise of the crowd, the longing of souls for a Messiah, and then the determination and sorrow of Jesus as He chooses to ride on to the fate He knows awaits Him.

I hope to post several other Palm Sunday playlists later today and several Holy Week playlists througout the week.  I’ll be posting some traditional and choral music as well as worship music and songs from contemporary Christian artists.

Major update of our Palm Sunday compilation of prayers, devotionals, etc.

April 1, 2014

It was only in 2012 that I created a separate Palm Sunday category.  But I never found the time to go back and recategorize many of our past Palm Sunday entries so that they would show up in a category search.

Similarly, I had not remembered or found time to update our compilation of Palm Sunday devotionals, prayers, poems, and resources. 

Tonight I’ve done that.  I’ve added more than a dozen entries from previous years to our Palm Sunday compilation.  Go check it out!


A Compilation of Lent & Holy Week Worship Music (with devotional links)

April 5, 2012

Updated March 2014

Here are all the worship songs we’ve included in various Devotional entries in past years during Holy Week.  In most cases accompanying devotionals are also linked.  I’ve also included some music from several favorite Lenten devotional posts.



From a 2012 devotional post:  Crucified


From a 2012 devotional entry: The Brazen Serpent


From a 2012 devotional post:  The Scourging

  • By His Wounds (Brian Littrell, Mac Powell, Mark Hall & Steven Curtis Chapman, from the 2007 album Glory Revealed, iTunes link)




From the 2012 devotional entry:  Gethsemane


From the 2012 devotional entry: Reflecting on Christ as the Passover Lamb


From the 2012 devotional entry:  Wash Me

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