Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday
Published on Fri, 3 Apr 2020 11:54
Cathedral Kids

Please follow the link below to material for Palm Sunday and Holy week. 

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Whilst out walking this week one of the leaders noticed some signs made by children which are helping to cheer people up. Maybe you could draw an Easter picture and put it a plastic pocket and put it somewhere for others to see. Just remember to go back and take it down again after a week! If you let us know where you have put them we can go and have a look when we are out for our daily exercise. 

Ruth’s music spot

‘New’ songs – You’ll recognise both of these:

 We have a King who rides a donkey  to the tune of ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor!’

The version here has the words for Easter Day. On Palm Sunday the chorus we sing is ‘Wave all your palms before Him!’

Verse 1                             We have a King who rides a donkey.…… Chorus  Wave all your palms before Him

Verse 2                             All the trees bow down before Him.

Verse 3                             Clap your hands and shout Hosanna

Use this as your backing track:


Clap your hands all ye people

The tune with this video isn’t quite the same as the one we sing, but it’s close and will remind you!


Old Hymns – I’m spoilt for choice this week:

Ride on! ride on in majesty!

With a strong, majestic tune to match the words, “Ride on! …” opens each verse, giving a commanding tone to the hymn. It moves with an absolutely even tread up and down, covering quite a range with a real sense of purpose, so you feel as though you’re travelling too. Enjoy a good singing workout!


All glory, laud, and honour

A hymn of praise (laud means praise) for Palm Sunday, the Latin words (Gloria, laus et honor) date from 9th century written by Theodulph, Bishop of Orleans, apparently in prison in Angers at the time. The original tune is also old, composed by Melchior Teschner in the early 1600s. In CH4 the same words begin and end each verse making the message crystal clear and giving the hymn a good length for processions. Rising from the start and finishing high, the tune does exactly what the words describe, and set in a bright key the whole effect is joyful, so that “sweet hosannas ring!”


My song is love unknown

This hymn is a complete contrast to the other two. There is none of the triumphant tone here; it is much more reflective, questioning and musing thoughtfully. Accordingly, the tune is gentle, sometimes lingering on a long note, sometimes moving more quickly but rather vaguely – ready to catch you out with melody, rhythm and key until you’re familiar with it! An unusual hymn pondering in a personal way on the events and outcome of Holy Week, its words date from 17th century; its lovely tune was composed in 1918 by John Ireland. (notice flute and oboe too in this performance)