Based on a powerful text by Carl Daw, this haunting Palm Sunday anthem recounts the events of Holy Week in dramatic fashion. Utilizing the Native American hymn tune LACQUIPARLE, the work is scored for mixed voices in unison, harp and organ (or organ solo if no harpist is available). Alternatively, the harp part may be played on another keyboard instrument, especially one with a harp-like sound.
Into Jerusalem Jesus rode,
triumphant King acclaimed;
palm branches spread to honor his way,
garments laid down as tokens of praise;
shouts of "Hosanna" surged through the throng
Within Jerusalem Jesus stood,
masquerade King reviled:
thorns made a crown (grim satire of truth),
robe like a wound thrown over his back;
echoes of "Crucify!" filled the air
Outside Jerusalem Jesus hung,
crucified King despised;
wood formed a cross suspending his life,
soldiers cast lots to deal out his clothes;
his lonely cries: "My God"; "It is done"
--Carl P. Daw, Jr.
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