Palm Sunday – All Glory Laud and Honor

Here is our master list of songs (hymns, contemporary, and eclectic) for Palm Sunday but I wanted to highlight this particular hymn because of the fantastic arrangement on Redeemer Knoxvilles hymns for holy week collection ‘Rise O Buried Lord.’

All Glory, Laud, and Honor is THE quintessential Palm Sunday hymn.  Even a lot of contemporary churches will muddle through an arr. of this text.  Palm Sunday is one of those Sunday’s that almost all churches will acknowledge in their service planning…even though it falls outside of the holy grail of Easter and Christmas…and mothers day.  Why is that?  Is it a faithful observance of the church calendar? Is it because of the diligent work of children’s’ ministry directors (Kids and Palm branches are always a hit!) Is it because of the near orbit it rides close to Easter?

Even though most churches will celebrate Palm Sunday in some form or another I’m often confused by how and why we celebrate it.  In the pomp and circumstance of the events surrounding Jesus’ triumphal entry one of the significant lessons is that Christ’ coming was going to be antithetical to every expectation of the jewish people.  His coming would be a short earthly reign, not triumphant, humble, and cross ending.  As we prepare our musicians and our churches to participate and remember the events of Jesus arrival in Jerusalem we should keep a shade of humility and humbleness in the telling…even as we proclaim the kingdom upturning work of his death and resurrection.

All Glory Laud and Honor
mp3 | leadsheet | 4Pt with Descant | Orchestral Arr | Rise O Buried Lord CD | hymnary

Hymn background from the Hymnary:
Theodulph, bishop of Orleans, wrote this text around 820 while he was imprisoned at Angers, France, for conspiring against King Louis the Pious. A probably apocryphal story from the early sixteenth century states that in a Palm Sunday procession King Louis passed the prison in which Theodulph was housed and heard the imprisoned bishop singing this hymn. According to the legend the king was so moved that he freed Theodulph and decreed the singing of “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” on all subsequent Palm Sundays.

1 All glory, laud, and honour
To Thee, Redeemer, King!
To Whom the lips of children
Made sweet Hosannas ring.

2 Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David’s royal Son,
Who in the Lord’s Name comest,
The King and Blessèd One.

3 The company of angels
Are praising Thee on high;
And mortal men, and all things
Created, make reply.

4 The people of the Hebrews
With palms before Thee went:
Our praise and prayer and anthems
Before Thee we present.

5 To Thee before Thy passion
They sang their hymns of praise:
To Thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise.

6 Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the prayers we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King.

One thought on “Palm Sunday – All Glory Laud and Honor

  1. Grimsley’s version of this hymn is really well done. I love the oh’s and the “Hosanna” refrain at the end. We’re doing this version Sunday at Uptown.

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