Palm Sunday

  Hosanna to the Son of David!

Hosanna to the Son of David!

This Sunday we begin our services with the Liturgy of the Palms (in Daffin Park) as we commemorate Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Of course, things take a turn very quickly in our liturgies that day, as we move quickly from Palm Sunday to the Sunday of the Passion.

We echo the cries of the crowds who shout, "Hosanna to the Son of David. Hosanna in the highest!" While the word hosanna is associated with a joyful shout of praise to the coming king, it is helpful to remember that what it really means is "help us" or "save us." That casts our shouts in a different light - we rejoice that the King is coming, and we proclaim him as our King, but we do so because on some level we know that we need saving, and that this King is the only one who can.