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The hymn “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna!,” which celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, makes the singer feel a part of the crowd full of hope and enthusiasm. Can’t you just imagine this hymn writer running along with the processional?
That is until you realize that the lyricist was a disabled woman.
Jennette Threlfall wrote this exuberant hymn in the late 1800s. And “that ancient song we sing” about Palm Sunday remains a timeless classic.
Look carefully at the first verse. When do we offer praise that is our best and our simplest? How I would love to see my children blessed by Jesus and closely folded to His breast!
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna!
Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang
Through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang.
To Jesus, Who had blessed them close folded to His breast
The children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.
From Olivet they followed mid an exultant crowd
The victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud.
The Lord of men and angels rode on in lowly state
Nor scorned that little children should on His bidding wait.
“Hosanna in the highest!” that ancient song we sing
For Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of heaven our King
O may we ever praise Him with heart and life and voice
And in His blissful presence eternally rejoice!
Prayer: Prince of Peace, today we celebrate your entry into Jerusalem. In honor of the peace you longed to bring, we too, long to be peacemakers. Show us where we’ve hurt others and help us ask forgiveness. May we forgive those who have hurt us, and seek to bring peace.
Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:18)
* Excerpted from Preparing My Heart for Easter by Ann Stewart.