Music for Palm Sunday

Jesus Entry into Jerusalem (Gustave Dore)

Palm Sunday narrates and remembers Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem before his passion and crucifixion (Matt 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-19).  It is often referred to as “The Triumphal Entry” to refer to the hopes of the people that Jesus might bring with him the military might of King David and his mighty men.  The people proclaimed the words of Psalm 118:25/Matthew 21:9 “Hosanna (Grk transliteration of ‘Save us, we pray’) to the Son of David, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”  The humility of the donkey – a traditional symbol of peace (Zech 9:9-12), and the fleeing of the disciples spoke more to the true nature of his soon sacrificial pilgrimage to the cross.

Churches often use processions and palm branches as part of their celebration of this Sunday.  Both of these speak to demonstrations of military prowess and might.  The Triumphal Entry alludes to the Roman Triumph, and the Palm branches were considered a symbol of triumph and victory in Jewish observance.  Even on Palm Sunday (like every Sunday) we are reminded and look to the victory of Jesus on the cross over sin and death.

SONGS FOR PALM SUNDAY

Traditional Hymns

All Glory Laud and Honor (Redeemer Knoxville arr)
mp3 | leadsheet | Rise O Buried Lord CD

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
mp3 | leadsheet

The King of Glory Comes
mp3 | leadsheet

All Creatures of Our God and King
mp3 | leadsheet |

O Worship the King (Ps 103)
mp3 | leadsheet | thomlin arr.

Re:Hymned Songs

At the Name of Jesus (Gilley arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet

The Lord is King (Partain arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet | capo

O Christ, Our King, Creator Lord (Brooks arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet

This is the Day – Psalm 118 (Benedict/Watts arr.)
mp3 | chart

Contemporary Songs

Blessed Be Your Name (Beth and Matt Redman)
mp3 | leadsheet | chords | youtube

Come People of the Risen King (Stuart Townend)
mp3 | leadsheet | Chords and Lyrics

Lift Up His Mighty Names (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | leadsheet

Hosanna (Andrew Peterson)
mp3 | chords

Hosanna (Matthew Creamer)
mp3 | leadsheet

Hosanna to the Son of David (Dan Schutte)
mp3 | leadsheet | itunes

Jesus is Our King
mp3 | leadsheet | capo

Make Way (Graham Kendrick)
mp3 | leadsheet

Songs to listen to on Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Song – Nathan Partain

The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake - Sufjan Stevens

Liturgical Resources for Palm Sunday

Reformed Worship – Issue on Palm Sunday

CICW – Service based in Psalm 118

Christ the King Liturgy – 2011

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