Matthew 21:9; Isaiah 64:1, 45:8; Psalm 24:9-10 [Latin] – [And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying,] Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

Oh, if only you would break open the heavens and come down and the mountains would melt away before you.

Drip dew, you heavens, from on high, and rain, you clouds, on the just; may the earth open up and bring forth the Savior.

Lift up, you gates, your heads; lift yourselves up, you perpetual gates, and the King of Glory will enter.
Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of Glory.

Original Latin:

Hosianna Filio David. Benedictus, qui venit in nomine Domini. Hosianna in altissimis:

Utinam dirumperes coelos ac descenderes et montes a facie tua defluerent.

Rorate coeli desuper et nubes pluant iustum, aperiatur terra et germinet Salvatorem.

Elevate, o portae, capita vestra, elevate vos, o portae perpetuae et introibit rex gloriae.
Quis est iste rex gloriae? Jehova exercituum, ipse est rex gloriae.

Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Matthew 21:7-8. Illustration by Gustave Doré
Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Matthew 21:7-8. Illustration by Gustave Doré


“Hosianna Filio David à 6,” Antiphon for Palm Sunday, composed by Anonymous.

Hosianna Filio David à 6

Performed by Weser-Renaissance, director Manfred Cordes


Saint Lawrence at the Stake, Anonymous, ca. 1621–1750
Saint Lawrence being placed on a gridiron to be tortured and killed, Anonymous, ca. 1621–1750

John 12:25 [Latin]

25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Qui odit animam suam in hoc mundo, in vitam aeternam custodit eam.

Qui odit animam suam, polyphonic music composer unknown


Qui odit animam suam

^Performed by Vox Stellae

Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation [“softness” in music text] be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Rejoice in the Lord alway (mid-16th century), “Attributed (probably incorrectly) to John Redford” (CPDL)

Rejoice in the Lord alway

Performed by the Greenwich Village Chamber Singers


MP3: Rejoice in the Lord alway / Anonymous / Voices of Ascension Chorus / Delos 


English Church Music, Volume 1: Anthems and Motets by Robert King. Arranged by John Rutter. For SATB choir with keyboard/unaccompanied/basso continuo. Mixed Voices. Oxford Choral Classics Collections. Sacred, Choral Collection. Vocal score. 384 pages. Published by Oxford University Press


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