Sunday, March 20, 2016

Maronite Year XXXIII

Sha'neenee, or Hosanna Sunday, is the usual Maronite name for what in the West is usually called Palm Sunday. Celebrating Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, it emphasizes the lowliness of His coming, and begins the march of Passion Week.

Hosanna Sunday
Philippians 1:1-13; John 12:12-22

We are hardly worthy to praise Your name,
You who are seated on a lofty throne,
You whom the seraphim praise with great joy,
singing, "Holy, Holy, Holy," on high!
The cherubim beneath You bless Your deeds,
with rush of wind and fire hymn Your light.
We are hardly worthy of Your mercy,
but we will sing Your praise at Your coming:
Hosanna, Hosanna, Son of David!

We are hardly worthy to praise Your name;
divinity rode on humanity;
You chose an ass's colt to be Your steed;
You chose the acclamation of children;
from mouths of babes You have drawn Your defense;
You have taken sinners and made them pure.
Zion grew uneasy at Your entry,
but we will sing Your praise at Your coming:
Hosanna, Hosanna, Son of David!

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