Hosanna

I decided, after many years of taking part in the Palm Sunday procession, to sit in church and see how the service appeared to those who didn’t wave palm branches, following the donkey. And what a delight it was – some peaceful organ music (‘Sheep may safely graze’, etc.), followed by complete silence. Then a brief explanation of what to do when the main procession arrived and hearing the strain of the end of ‘All Glory Laud and Honour’ as the procession arrived at the West Door. That was the cue for us all to stand and sing the first hymn, ‘Ride on, Ride on in Majesty’. Later, we all enjoyed a brief drama about the significance of the donkey to some not terribly keen churchgoers, and the delightful anthem, ‘Hosianna’ by Gesius.