Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Palm Sunday Hymns

So, on Sunday (Palm Sunday), as I was singing All Glory Laud and Honor, I took special note of the refrain:
All glory, laud, and honor to Thee, Redeemer, King!
To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
"Interesting" I thought. I never noticed that bit about the lips of children ringing out Hosannas. I mean, we always do the Palm Sunday parade with children, and this year, at Harpeth, we bordered on being Pentecostal with our shouts of Hosanna and Amen, but I never noticed that emphasis in that old classic hymn.

Then, later in the service, while we were singing Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, I noticed that the whole first verse was about little children singing Hosanna.

I stood there feeling like an idiot for never noticing that it was children who were standing along the route to Jerusalem. Did the gospels emphasize the throngs of children and I missed it. Pretty lame for a youth and families minister not to notice such a thing.

Well, upon further inspection of Scripture, it isn't until Jesus goes into the temple, after the triumphal entry that Jesus is confronted with children in the temple singing Hosanna. Of course, the Pharisees don't like it, and Jesus rephrases Psalm 8 by saying, "Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you ahve prepared praise for yourself."

So, while the time frame is a little bit out of sync, I'd like to give props to the 19th century hymn writers who sought to emphasize the importance of children in this narrative. In the midst of Palm Sunday parades, may our ears be specially tuned to the voices of the children who sing with joy and excitement...the children who sing out loud with no regard to whether it sounds pretty or whether it's "proper." Hosanna indeed!


Anonymous said...

I like your use of the "Christ-follower" videos. It makes me homesick. I used to have that very same jacket, except mine had a really great bumper sticker on the back that read, "In case of rapture, this suit will be personless. Now that I think about it, that would mean a bunch of naked people ascending into heaven. Huh.

Oh, and I liked the stuff about the children too.

katie said...

ok, so i usually read blogs through bloglines, but i wanted to leave you a comment about these funny "christ follower" videos, and you definitely have them on your blog. right on. :)