In many churches, the Sunday before Easter serves as a celebration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem, in which the Bible records that local waved palm branches in his honor.
Known as Palm Sunday, the day begins what is called Holy Week, a time on the liturgical calendar that includes Holy Thursday, which recalls the Last Supper, Good Friday, which recalls the Crucifixion, Holy Saturday, and finally Easter.
The observance will often involve members of a congregation taking palm branches and waving them during worship, especially the opening processional of the service.
Here are seven songs that are used to celebrate and contemplate the significance of Palm Sunday. They include works ranging from Medieval times to this very century.
All Glory, Laud and Honor
The hymn “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” was written by Bishop Theodolph of France circa 820 as he was imprisoned by King Louis I over allegedly plotting against the monarch.
Theodolph originally wrote 78 verses or 39 couplets for the sacred song, which according to legend led to his eventual release from prison.
“According to the legend, King Louis visited Angers, where Theodolph was imprisoned, and heard Theodolph singing this hymn in his cell as a part of his daily worship,” noted sermonwriter.com.
“Moved by the beauty of the hymn, the king pardoned Theodolph and had him released from prison.”