Hymn for Palm Sunday: All glory, laud, and honor

This is the obvious choice for Palm Sunday. I’ll have another one (a bonus!) ready for you later in the day, more appropriate for the later part of the liturgies of Palm Sunday. Check the videos, below.

All glory, laud, and honor,
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To Whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

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

The company of angels
Are praising Thee on High,
And mortal men and all things
Created make reply. All glory…

The people of the Hebrews
With palms before Thee went;
Our prayer and praise and anthems
Before Thee we present. All glory…

To Thee, before Thy passion,
They sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise. All glory…

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

This verse has been omitted from hymnals for the last couple of hundred years, mostly. You can decide if that’s good or bad.

Be Thou, O Lord, the Rider,
and we the little ass,
that to God’s holy city
together we may pass. All glory…

Words: Theodulph of Orleans, circa 820 (Gloria, laus, et honor); translated from Latin to English by John M. Neale, 1851.

Here’s a congregation singing a modern setting of the text. You can enjoy this outdoor procession. And, believe it or not, this hymn can be schmaltzed up.

If you enjoy organ settings of this melody, there are plenty. Here’s a composed “Royal Procession”, a stunning improvisation, and a Bach chorale prelude.

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1 Response

  1. Bob Chapman says:

    It’s left out because most of us are big asses, not little ones.