Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hymn-ful Sundays! "Children of Jerusalem"

It's Palm Sunday! This week's hymn is by John Henley, and is a children's hymn about Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Not much is known about Henley, only that he lived a short life in England.

Children of Jerusalem
sang the praise of Jesus' name:
children too, of modern days
join to sing the Saviour's praise.

Hark! hark! hark! while infant voices sing.
Hark! hark! hark! while infant voices sing
Loud hosannas, loud hosannas,
Loud hosannas to our King.

We are taught to love the Lord,
we are taught to read his word,
we are taught the way to heaven:
praise for all to God be given

Parents, teachers, old and young,
all unite to swell the song,
higher and yet higher rise,
till hosannas fill the skies.

-John Henley

This is such a fun hymn to sing. I remember as a child, we'd yell sing extra-loudly at the Loud hosannas part. The words are very simple and the tune is catchy, which is probably why I can still sing the entire thing from memory. In any case, the words also drive home to us the importance of praise, of singing Hosanna to our God and King.

Be blessed and shine, sing loud hosannas!

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