Sunday, November 28, 2010

Daughter Zion*


Daughter Zion, O rejoice;
Shout aloud with cheer, O Jerusalem.
See, your King now comes**, riding unto you***,
Royal Prince of Peace, He comes in God's own time.
Daughter Zion, O rejoice;
Shout aloud with cheer, O Jerusalem.
Hosanna, David's Son;
Blessed be Your people, O blessed One!
Your eternal Kingdom establish, LORD!
Hosanna, "Save us!", Eternal Word.
Hosanna, David's Son;
Blessed be Your people, O blessed One!

Hosanna, David's Son;
Be with joy now greeted, O King most mild!
Forever stands in peace Your royal Throne:
You, Eternal Father's Eternal Child.
Hosanna, David's Son;
Be with joy now greeted, O King most mild!
---German Adventslied; translated C. Marie Byars (c) 2004
*A German folk carol for Advent, set to music from G.F. Handel's Judas Maccabeus
**The first Sunday in Advent traditionally has a reading from Palm Sunday, which this song reflects. The "hope" that people had all those centuries before Christ came was to be fulfilled soon after Christ's entry into Jerusalem; He suffered, died on the cross and rose from the dead in that next week.
***The fact that Jesus was able to ride the "unbroken colt" of a donkey which had never been ridden before shows that He IS the Lord of Nature.

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