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The Holy City and
Palm Sunday



The Holy City

Music by Stephen Adams
words by Frederick E. Weatherly

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 ► The Holy City (Jerusalem), Charlotte Church

Listen to Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Last night I lay a sleeping, There came a dream so fair,
I stood in old Jerusalem Beside the temple there.
I heard the children singing, And ever as they sang,
Me thought the voice of angels From Heav’n in answer rang;
“Jerusalem! Jerusalem!  
  Lift up your gates and sing,
  Hosanna in the highest
  Hosanna to your King!”

And then me thought my dream was chang’d,
The streets no longer rang,
Hush’d were the glad hosannas The little children sang.
The sun grew dark with mystery, The morn was cold and chill,
As the shadow of a cross arose Upon a lonely hill,
As the shadow of a cross arose Upon a lonely hill.

“Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
  Hark! how the angels sing,
  Hosanna in the highest,
  Hosanna to your King.”

And once again the scene was chang’d,
New earth there seem’d to be,
I saw the Holy City Beside the tideless sea;
The light of God was on its streets,
The gates were open wide,

And all who would might enter, And no one was denied.
No need of moon or stars by night, Or sun to shine by day,
It was the new Jerusalem, That would not pass away,
It was the new Jerusalem, That would not pass away.

Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
  Hark! how the angels sing,
  Hosanna in the highest,
  Hosanna to your King.”


Palm Sunday
 The beginning of Christian Holy Week

 (also known as Passion Week)


Holy Week or Passion Week -- so called because it is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday in which the Christians commemorate Jesus Christ's suffering, death on the cross, and resurrection on the third day.  It celebrates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. Great crowds of people thronged the streets waving palm branches to welcome Him. The people shouted "Hosanna" and laid their cloaks and palm branches from the nearby trees in His path.

Jesus enters Jerusalem riding a donkey rather than a horse which signifies the peaceful nature of his entry. People are expecting a king and surrender themselves to his authority by taking their cloaks off and laying it on the ground. The palm branches signify the expectation of a military victory of their king over the occupying Romans. Jesus is entering Jerusalem to bring peace and forgiveness to the world by taking the sin of the world upon Himself - a Spiritual King. People are seeking a worldly and physical king.

Palm Sunday is a  feast which always falls on the Sunday before Easter Sunday. The feast commemorates an event mentioned by all four Gospels   Matthew 21:1-11  --  the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before his Passion. It is also called Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.

Have a blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week!

Bettye Chambers

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