Palm Sunday Music – Donkey Leads Us to Holy Week

 


As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power they had seen…
Luke 19:37

 

Palm Processional

“Little Grey Donkey”

 

This Sunday our Youth Choir will begin our journey into Holy Week, processing with palms and singing about the “Little Grey Donkey,” who carried a very special person into Jerusalem. The anthem is crafted as a conversation with the “blessed of all beasts”

 

Do you know just who it is you carry on your back?

 

Don’t hide your head in shame…you are honored…

 

Under the excellent leadership of June Gladding, our choristers have been learning the story as well as the music.  Musician and poet Natalie Sleeth composed the song using text painting, the technique of writing music that reflects the literal meaning of a song.  Notice in  the accompaniment the steady clopping of the donkey’s hooves and the turn to minor when the text is about Calvary.  Anne Scroggs, bassoon, and Carolyn Tate, percussion, add to this  effect.

 

 

Closing Hymn

“We Sang our Loud Hosannas”

 

As we near the end of worship, our music turns dark and becomes a prologue to the events of Holy Week.  The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death.

 

 

We sang our glad Hosannas, and waved our branches high,
but some were silent, frowning, as Jesus rode on by.

 

Though many came for healing and stayed to hear his word,
still others, hostile, plotted and thus his death assured.

  

 

 


 

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