The weeks leading up to Easter are some of the most exciting times in the church calendar. On Palm Sunday, Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ — the day when he was praised as King and celebrated with shouts of “Hosanna!” Here are the top Christians songs for Palm Sunday church services.
Palm Sunday songs reflect the joyous mood and celebration of the triumphal entry. Many of them declare Jesus as King. Others repeat the refrain of “hosanna,” which means “save!” or “rescue!” It is an ancient Jewish expression of praise or adoration, and is a central part of Christian worship today.
1. All Glory Laud and Honor
This is among the oldest works of Christian hymnody, written around 821. The refrain repeats this exclamation of adoration: “All glory, laud and honor, To Thee, Redeemer, King, To Whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas ring.” Read the lyrics.
2. Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
Although this song is less familiar, it is a wonderful Palm Sunday song. The three stanzas tell the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry. Text by Jeanette Threlfall. See lyrics.
3. All Creatures of Our God and King
Written by Francis Assisi in the 13 century, this ancient song is sung in many churches today. Watch the David Crowder band’s rendition of All Creatures.
4. O Worship the King
This song is line after line of praise. Recently popularized by Chris Tomlin, the song is an outstanding opportunity to shout the glories and praise of our great God! See lyrics.
5. Rejoice the Lord is King
“Rejoice” is repeated all throughout this classic hymn by Charles Wesley. It is hard to think of celebrating Easter without singing this wonderful song. See lyrics.
Hillsong’s “Hosanna” has been an encouragement to millions of Christians. The chorus repeats, “Hosanna, hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!” Watch Hillsong’s performance.
7. Hosanna In The Highest (Palm Sunday version)
This celebratory song by Sojourn involves lots of singing and shouting, even from the kids! Singing the song is almost like looking down the crowded Jerusalem street, waving one’s palm branch, waiting for the King to appear. See lyrics and chords.
8. Come People of the Risen King
This powerful modern hymn by Stuart Townend is a call to the church, “Rejoice! Rejoice! Let every tongue rejoice! One heart, one voice, O Church of Christ, rejoice!” See lyrics.
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