(Trachycarpus Fortunei – A Palm which grows happily in Brighton)
Hymns for Palm Sunday :-
I am not going to put any hymns on the list in place of ‘Hosannah in Excelsis’ the opening Antiphon for Palm Sunday. It is really very simple to sing . Square note in English and in latin here. Modern notation in Latin here. (It’s page 69)
Hymns for the Procession – Remember that generally congregations find walking and singing very difficult. Processions are every choir directors worst nightmare, especially when you get back into the church and discover that the back of the procession are three verses behind the front. Don’t attempt to sing something that EVERYONE isn’t familiar with. I would also recommend a processional rehearsal or recce if you are walking round the block a few times. You need to time how long it takes to sing the hymns to ensure you are all still singing when you reach the church again.
All Glory, Laud and Honour – The original hymn written by St Theodulph ‘Gloria, Laus, Tibi’ had 39 verses – Imagine how long their processions used to be!
Ride on, ride on in majesty
Christus Vincit (This was sung at the Vatican Processional last year)
The Royal Banners Forward Go.
Sing my tongue the glorious battle (our congregation wouldn’t be able to sing this at a processional)
Hymns for the Rest of Mass the congregation will know- Ideally, these should be sung unaccompanied to reinforce the tone of Passiontide.
My Song is Love Unknown (popular at wedddings)
When I survey the wondrous cross
O Sacred Head Sore Wounded
O Christe Domine Jesu (Taize)
Stabat Mater (At the cross her station keeping)
Hymns for the rest of Mass our congregation wouldn’t know-
Ah Holy Jesus how hast thou offended
To Christ the Prince of Peace
Jesus Christ is Lord
Sion’s Daughter, weep no more
O Sinner, lift the eye of faith.
In the Lord’s atoning grief
Glory be to Jesus, who in bitter pains
All ye who seek for sure relief
O come and mourn with me awhile
We are all supposed to carry a cross particularly at this time of the year but we still won’t be singing these hymns:
The Servant King – Graham Kendrick
Unless a grain – Bernadette Farrell
Meekness and Majesty
At the name of Jesus
There are some interesting hymn suggestions on the BBC website
“Songs may include Make Way, Hosanna, and (for children) We have a King who Rides a Donkey.”
I’m afraid l am not familiar with ‘We have a King who Rides a Donkey.’ so unfortunately will have to leave that one out this year.
Motets for Palm Sunday
Christus Factus Est – Various composers
God So Loved the World – We are singing the Stainer this week
O Crux Spes Unica – Victoria
Stabat Mater – Various composers
Drop drop slow tears – Orlando Gibbons