Amazing Grace Hymns

April 20


Theodolph of Orleans, 760–82l
Translated by John M. Neale, 1818–1866

The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (John 12:12, 13)

The triumphant procession began after the disciples obtained the colt (Luke 19:30). They were implicitly obedient in following their Lord’s command, even though it no doubt seemed to be a trivial request. And still today—obedience is the key to our effective service for God.

The Palm Sunday procession also teaches us that our Lord is still leading His people—“bringing many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10), our heavenly Jerusalem, “whose architect builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). Our responsibility is to be His faithful follower and to extol His name with our daily praises.

This Palm Sunday hymn was written approximately A.D. 820 by Bishop Theodolph of Orleans, France, while he was imprisoned at the monastery of Angers. Theodolph was well known in his day as a poet, pastor, and beloved bishop of Orleans. When Emperor Charlemagne died in 814, the bishop was put into a monastic prison by Charlemagne’s son and successor, Louis I the Pious, for allegedly plotting against him. A well-known legend has long been associated with this hymn. It is believed by many that a short time before the bishop’s death in 821, Louis was visiting in the area where the bishop was imprisoned and by chance passed under his cell. The bishop is said to have been singing and worshiping by himself. When the emperor heard this particular text being sung, he was so moved by the incident that he immediately ordered the bishop’s release.

All glory, laud and honor to Thee, Redeemer, King, to whom the lips of children make sweet hosannas ring: Thou art the King of Israel, Thou David’s royal Son, who in the Lord’s name comest, the King and blessed One!

The company of angels are praising Thee on high, and mortal men and all things created make reply: The people of the Hebrews with palms before Thee went; our praise and prayer and anthems before Thee we present.

To Thee, before Thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise; to Thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise: thou didst accept their praises—accept the praise we bring, who in all good delightest, Thou good and gracious King!

For Today: Matthew 21:1–17; Mark 11:10; Luke 19:37, 38; John 12:1–16

During this special week, let us consider seriously whether we truly love and serve Christ for any other reason other than for who He is. Let us exalt Him with this hymn—

Osbeck, K. W. 


  • And when they drew near to Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of the Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying to them, Go into the town that is over against you, and anon ye shall find an ass bound, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, say ye, that the Lord hath need of them, and straightway he will let them go. All this was done that it might be fulfilled, which was spoken by the Prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek and sitting upon an ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass used to the yoke. So the disciples went, and did as Jesus had commanded them, And brought the ass and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and set him thereon. And a great multitude spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. Moreover, the people that went before, and they also that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David, Blessed be he that cometh in the Name of the Lord, Hosanna thou which art in the highest heavens. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the people said, This is Jesus that Prophet of Nazareth in Galilee. And Jesus went into the Temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the Temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves. Then the blind, and the halt came to him, in the Temple, and he healed them. But when the chief Priests and Scribes saw the marvels that he did, and the children crying in the Temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David, they disdained, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus said unto them, Yea: read ye never, By the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast made perfect the praise? So he left them, and went out of the city unto Bethany, and lodged there. Matthew 21:1–17
  • Blessed be the kingdom that cometh in the Name of the Lord of our father David: Hosanna, O thou which art in the highest heavens. Mark 11:10
  • And when He was now come near to the going down of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice, and to praise God with a loud voice, for all the great works that they had seen, Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the Name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest places. Luke 19:37-38
  • Then Jesus, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who died, whom he had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper, and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of Spikenard very costly, and anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped his feet with her hair, and the house was filled with the savor of the ointment. Then said one of his disciples, even Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him: Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? Now he said thus, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bore that which was given. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying she kept it. For the poor always ye have with you, but me ye shall not have always. Then much people of the Jews knew that he was there: and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. The high Priests therefore consulted, that they might put Lazarus to death also, because that for his sake many of the Jews went away, and believed in Jesus. On the morrow a great multitude that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus should come to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna, Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the Name of the Lord. And Jesus found a young ass, and sat thereon, as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Zion: behold, thy King cometh sitting on an ass’s colt. But his disciples understood not these things at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they, that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him. John 12:1–16


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