And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.


If you’re wondering what “Hosanna” means, I found a great explanation here. Hosanna comes from the Hebrew words Hoshiya na! (“Save now!” or  “Save, please!”), an expression the people would use when asking a king to help or save them in times of trouble (see 2 Samuel 14:4 and 2 Kings 6:26). Over the centuries, Hosanna gradually became an expression of hope and exultation: “Salvation! Salvation! Salvation has come!” The crowd of people shouting Hosanna in the verse above were recognizing Jesus as their Savior and Deliverer, the prophesied Messiah. And believers use it now as an expression of praise and gratitude to God and His Son Jesus for the gift of Salvation.

I thought this would be a great time to tell you about a song I like called Hosanna. It’s by the Canadian group Starfield, from their CD I Will Go. Filled with hope and praise, it really expresses the meaning of the word Hosanna. Click here to listen to it.

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful, restful Palm Sunday!

Linked to Think on These Things.


5 thoughts on “Hosanna!

  1. Lorraine

    I appreciate the explanation of the word Hosanna and the link to hear the group Starfield. I have enjoyed this song on KLOVE. Your photo is really gorgeous! I would love for you to share this post on my Think on These Things.

    Kindly, Lorraine


    1. nancyc Post author

      Thanks, Lorraine! I’m glad you liked the post and I’d be happy to link this up to Think on These Things–thanks for letting me know!


  2. Mary @ Ms Redo

    Thanks so much for the information on Hosanna! Our Lord is so good to us, isn’t he?! He did save those who cried out to him for salvation, and still does save us today – oh what a Savior! Hugs ~ Mary


  3. Susan

    I love, what has become know as the Easter Lily. I did one in paper last year. Hosanna is truly a beautiful word–thank you for sharing this gentle reminder. ❤



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