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Palm Sunday Resources, also for Children

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This is a song Pastor Richard Miller of Brooklyn composed as an echo song for the people processing on Palm Sunday while waving their palms. Each line is sung by the leader and the people echo the words. The final Alleluia can go beyond three, if someone wants to improvise on it. This recording only intends to give you the melody and the ideas about how it goes. (I’m singing it with a bad cold.) The links to my song list on myspace work again. (March 13, 2012)

The Procession Song Blessed is He

BLESSED IS HE,

BLESSED IS HE,

WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!

HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!

HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!

HALLELUJAH!

HALLELUJAH!

BLESSED IS HE,

BLESSED IS HE,

WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!

HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!

HAIL SON OF DAVID.

HE’S THE KING OF GLORY!

ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

Here is a song that gives the congregation a chance to wave their palms together. Click here to just get the idea how it goes:
Jesus Came a-Riding

JESUS CAME A-RIDING

JESUS CAME A-RIDING ‘NTO JERUSALEM

JESUS CAME A-RIDING ‘NTO JERUSALEM

JESUS CAME A-RIDING IN JERUSALEM

ON A DONKEY.

DID JESUS COME A-RIDING IN A ROLLS ROYCE?

DID JESUS COME A-RIDING IN A MOTORCADE?

DID JESUS COME A-RIDING IN A POPEMOBILE?

NO, ON A DONKEY.

DID ALL THE PEOPLE SHOUT ALOUD AND WAVE THEIR PALMS?

DID ALL THE PEOPLE SHOUT ALOUD AND WAVE THEIR PALMS?

DID ALL THE PEOPLE SHOUT ALOUD AND WAVE THEIR PALMS?

FOR THE KING OF GLORY?

YES, ALL THE PEOPLE SANG ALOUD AND WAVED THEIR PALMS.

ALL THE PEOPLE SANG ALOUD AND WAVED THEIR PALMS.

AND ALL THE PEOPLE SANG ALOUD AND WAVED THEIR PALMS.

THAT’S THE STORY.

BLESSED BE THE SON OF DAVID HE WHO COMES

BLESSED BE THE SON OF DAVID HE WHO COMES

BLESSED BE THE SON OF DAVID HE WHO COMES

OH HOSANNA! HO-HO-HOSANNA!

It is fun to recite Gilbert Keith Chesterton’s famous poem “The Donkey” and have the children try to guess that it is the donkey speaking. Don’t say the title, of course!

When fishes flew and forests walked

And figs grew upon thorn,

Some moment when the moon was blood

Then surely I was born;

With monstrous head and sickening cry

And ears like errant wings,

The devil’s walking parody

On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth.

Of ancient crooked will;

Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,

I keep my secret still.

Fools! For  also had my hour;

One far fierce hour and sweet:

There was a shout about my ears,

And palms before my feet.

The following song is for little children, like pre-school and Kindergarten age. The children like to ride on each other’s backs and pretend they are riding a donkey. Click here to get an idea how it goes:
Little Donkey Song

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LITTLE DONKEY, LITTLE DONKEY

ARE YOU READY TO CARRY JESUS?

IT’S PALM SUNDAY, PALM SUNDAY

YOU MUST COME TODAY.

2. DOES HE WANT ME, DOES HE WANT ME,

EVEN STUBBORN DONKEYS, HE SEES US?

YES, IT’S YOU HE HAS CHOSEN

TO SHOW YOU THE WAY.

3. COME MOUNT ME, THEN MOUNT ME,

O JESUS IT PLEASES

A LITTLE DONKEY, A DONKEY

TO BE RIDDEN TODAY.

4. WAVE YOUR BRANCHES, PALM BRANCHES,

LITTLE CHILDREN, YOU CHILDREN.

SHOUT TO JESUS, WHO FREES US

TAKING OUR SINS AWAY.

pkrey, Palm Sunday, April 15, 1990

The following song is one I composed back on March 22, 1998. It is a recap of Lent, the Passion, and even includes the resurrection.

Click here to hear my son Mark sing it for you.

The Passion Song M

The Passion Song

Repent all you believers

God sent his Son

to die for you.

Forty days to change your ways,

make you genuine and true.

O Jesus still our refuge,

when temptations

steal our love from you.

Ignite fresh passion in us

and make our spirits new.

Hosanna, Lord and Savior,

these palms we wave

to welcome you.

Enter our hearts, your city,

Jerusalem anew.

O Jesus, Lord and Savior,

our sins have nailed

and broken you.

Upon the cross, your life was lost

on those rails so hard and cruel.

O risen Lord, we greet you.

The bands of death

you’ve broken through.

Your cross opened up the waters,

and the way to heaven, too.

Communion Blessing: “Come riding into our hearts, Lord Jesus and change our city into your New Jerusalem!”

Also see Josh’s Picture of Jesus for Palm Sunday for Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Oakland, CA.:

Jesus modeled the way he might have looked.

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Written by peterkrey

April 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm

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  1. I like the songs pop. The Donkey song sounds especially nice. It’s cool hearing that recording of me singing the passion song because now I can really listen to the poetry of the words and may I say you are a true poet. I love the imagery you use. It almost sounds like a secret code or revelation of concepts in spirituality and how they work. That the new Jerusalem (Christ’s kingdom that he enters into is our hearts) I am also moved by the idea that it was our sins that made the nails that were driven into Christs wrists and ankles that broke his heart. I really love that song. Also in the epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh goes across the waters of death with the boatman urshanabi and meets utanapishtim (Noah from Noah’s ark) who was granted immortal life for building the ark and surviving the flood. Utanapishtim tells gilgamesh because he crossed the waters of death and will live to tell about it the waters shall be closed off and none will ever set foot in the land of the eternal immortal gods with immortal bodies. But one of your last lines is so beautiful because it says “Christ’s cross opened up the waters”. lately I’ve been seeing more and more how all the old ancient epics really relate to the Christ story and how the Christ story is like the final culmination of all of those stories resulting in a final victory. I noticed that blessed is he and Jesus came a ridding were very very quiet and foggy, your voice still sounded good though. It would be cool if sometime you could make an audio recording of blessed is he with sound effects of cars passing by and car horns and children playing in a park and voices walking down a street with you leading them in the palm Sunday procession. That would be really cool. I could try to help you with that sometime.

    Mark

    April 17, 2009 at 7:08 am

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