Palm Passion Sunday

Sunday, Mar. 28, 2021


Sunday, March 28, 2021
Palm/Passion Sunday
Rev. Jean Ward
Eleanor Daley, Director of Music
Quartet: Miranda Crabtree, Kate Dunsmore,
Andrea Huibrechtse-Berndorff, Julia Loach


Prelude A Joyful Hosanna           Becki Slagle Mayo (b. 1956)

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to the Lord.

Jesus rode through Jerusalem,
The children came to welcome him.
Shouts of praise to the Lord lifted high,
They all waved their branches to the sky.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to the Lord.

Crowds of followers joined the throng
To lift their voice in joyful song.
Witnesses of miraculous things,
They proclaimed him Lord, and King of Kings.

The Lord is passing by, O lift your branches high!
O blessèd is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna to the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, he comes in the name of the Lord!
(Becki Slagle Mayo)


Opening Hymn All Glory, Laud and Honour 



Anthem Celtic Hosanna           Mark Hayes (b. 1953) 

One day outside Jerusalem so very long ago,
Came Jesus riding on the back of a donkey down the road.
The people lined the crowded streets, their cloaks upon the ground,
And all who gathered there that day cried out with joyful sound:

“Hosanna!” they cried, as on Jesus rides into town.
“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

The Pharisees were angered by the sight before their eyes,
And said to Christ, “Rebuke your followers,” silencing their cries.
But Jesus told them, “If they cease, the stones will take their place.”
So, on He rode as children filled the air with joyful praise.

“Hosanna!” they cried, as on Jesus rides into town.
“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”
(John Parker)


Hymn Hosanna, Loud Hosanna 
Quartet of current and former Intermediate Choir members



Anthem Hosanna to the Son of David           Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

Hosanna to the Son of David,
Blessèd is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Blessèd be the King of Israel.
Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest places.
Hosanna in the highest heavens.


Closing Hymn Ride On! Ride On in Majesty! 



Choral Commissioning O Lord, Throughout This Time of Lent          E. Daley (2019)
Fairlawn Avenue Senior Choir and congregation



Postlude Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates (from Messiah)           G. F. Handel (1685-1759) 
Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra
Conductor – Mack Wilberg

Lift up your heads, O ye gates,
And be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors,
And the King of Glory shall come in!
Who is this King of Glory?
The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory.
(Psalm 24:7-10)


This morning’s prelude and anthem texts are reprinted under #A-717945. A Joyful Hosanna – words by Becki Slagle Mayo, © 2018 Choristers Guild. Celtic Hosanna – words by John Parker, © 2019 Lorenz Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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Becki Slagle Mayo (b. 1956) has been active as a church musician and music educator for over 25 years. Her varied experiences as a director and accompanist for choirs of all ages, elementary through college, set the stage for her career as a composer. As a composer and arranger, she has published over 100 songs, choral anthems, and piano arrangements, including her own solo piano collection. Specializing in music for young voices, Becki strives to introduce important musical, spiritual, and educational concepts to developing students.

John Mason Neale (1818-1866) was an English priest and scholar, best known as a hymn writer and translator, having enriched English hymnody with many ancient and medieval hymns translated from Latin and Greek. He studied at Cambridge, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1842. He was offered a parish, but chronic ill health, which was to continue throughout his life, prevented him from taking it. In 1854 Neale co-founded the Sisterhood of St. Margaret, an order of women in the Anglican Church dedicated to nursing the sick. Many Anglicans in his day, however, were very suspicious of anything suggestive of Roman Catholicism. Once Neale was attacked and mauled at a funeral of one of the Sisters. From time to time unruly crowds threatened to stone him or to burn his house. He received no honour or preferment in England, and his doctorate was bestowed by an American college (Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut). However, his basic goodness eventually won the confidence of many who had fiercely opposed him, and the Sisterhood of St. Margaret survived and prospered.

Mark Hayes (b. 1953) is an internationally known award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor. Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe, or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark feels blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world”. His compositions and arrangements, which draw from many diverse musical styles such as gospel, jazz, pop, folk and classical, can be found in the music libraries of churches and universities around the world. Mark’s 1,200+ published works include pieces for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. The Fairlawn Senior Choir has sung many of his anthems over the years, and has also had the privilege of presenting the Canadian premieres of two of his larger works with orchestra at past Special Music Sundays: Gloria (2010) and Magnificat (2015).

A native of Louisiana, John Parker holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Louisiana College and an MM in Choral Conducting from Northwestern State University. Composing primarily for church and school choirs, he has written lyrics for over 600 choral works. Active as a choral clinician and lecturer, he currently makes his home in Austin, Texas where he has served as Associate Pastor of Worship & Music at Austin Baptist Church since 2014.

Jeanette Threlfall (1821-1880) was a Victorian era English hymn writer and author of other sacred poems. She was brought up by an uncle and other relatives, as her parents died when she was young. Suffering from poor health during the greater part of her life seemed to deepen her spiritual faith, and she spent much of her time writing hymns. Her literary accomplishments were lauded after her death by many authorities, including Christopher Wordsworth. “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” is one of her best known hymn texts, and is sung on Palm Sunday in many churches around the globe.

Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was an English composer, virginalist and organist who was one of the last masters of the English Madrigal School. By the 1610s he was the leading composer and organist in England, with a career cut short by his sudden death in 1625. As a result, Gibbons’ oeuvre was not as large as that of his contemporaries, but his compositional versatility led to him to write significant works in virtually every form of his day. He is often seen as a transitional figure from the Renaissance to the Baroque periods. Throughout his professional career, Gibbons had increasingly good relations and supportive patrons with many influential people of the English court – most notably, King James I and Prince Charles. The most important position achieved by Gibbons was his appointment in 1623 as the organist at Westminster Abbey – a post he held for two years until his death.

Henry Hart Milman (1791-1868) was an English historian and ecclesiastic. He was born in London, the third son of Sir Francis Milman, who was physician to King George III. He was educated at Eton and at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he received numerous prizes for his poetry and essay writings. Milman was ordained in 1816, elected professor of poetry at Oxford in 1821, made Rector of St. Margaret’s, Westminster, and Canon of Westminster in 1835, and in 1849 he became the Dean of St. Paul’s. He was also elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science in 1864. His Palm Sunday text, “Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!” is the hymn by which he is chiefly remembered, and appears in countless hymnals.

Various legends, registering differing degrees of reality and truth, inevitably surround such a famous and long-lived composition as Messiah by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). It is known that he wrote most of the work in an astonishingly short three weeks time, beginning on August 22, 1741. Another legend attached to the work relates to his inspiration, which casts the frenzied composition as a sort of divine dictation. Handel is said to have emerged at some point (usually, it is noted, after finishing the “Hallelujah Chorus”,) and proclaimed: “I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God himself!” The first performance of Messiah took place in Dublin, on April 13, 1742. Handel gave the London premiere less than a year later at Covent Garden, and in the almost 300 years since then, Messiah has taken its rightful place as one of the most frequently performed and most beloved choral works of all time.


Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Reader: Judy Fleming





Music Sources:

A Joyful Hosanna Becki Slagle Mayo
All Glory, Laud and Honour
Celtic Hosanna Mark Hayes
Hosanna to the Son of David Orlando Gibbons
Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!
Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates (from Messiah) G. F. Handel