Theodolph of Orleans, 760-821
Translated by John M. Neale, 1818-1866

On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming 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!
John 12:12 & 13

The triumphant entry began after the disciples obtained the donkey 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--"bringing many sons unto glory" (Hebrews 2:10), our heavenly Jerusalem, "whose builder and maker 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
Made sweet hosannas ring.
Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou Davidís royal Son,
Who in the Lordís Name comest,
The King and BlessŤd 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 prayer and praise 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 prayers 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 time of year, let us consider seriously whether we truly love and serve Christ for any other reason other than for Who He is. Let us exalt His name together with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs such as this one!

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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