Hosanna is a liturgical word in Judaism and Christianity. In Judaism, it is always used in its original Hebrew form, Hoshana.

Liturgical use in different traditions


"Hoshana" (הושענא) is a Hebrew word meaning "please save" or "save now." [See ArtScroll Siddur, p. 727.] In Jewish liturgy, the word is applied specifically to the Hoshana Service, a cycle of prayers from which a selection is sung each morning during Sukkot, the "Feast of Booths" or "Tabernacles." The complete cycle is sung on the seventh day of the festival, which is called Hoshana Rabbah (הושענא רבא, "Great Hosanna"). [See ArtScroll Siddur, p. 726; so also in Syrian usage; cf. Palm Sunday.]

This festival [See ] The festival suggested a Dionysiac celebration to the ancient Greek writer Plutarch. [Symposiacs, Book iv. 6.]


"Hosanna" (Greek transcription: , "; "hosanna in the highest" bibleref|Mark|11.10; "hosanna to the Son of David" bibleref|Matt|21:9. Mt 21.9 may also be rendered as "praise to you, Son of David" or "we praise you who are the Son of David" or "...a descendant of David."

Other examples of modern usage

The "Hosanna Anthem", [The Moravian Hymn Book with Services (authorized for use in the British Province of the Moravian Church), 1960] based on the phrase "Hosanna", is a traditional Moravian anthem written by Bishop Christian Gregor sung on Palm Sunday and the first Sunday of Advent. It is antiphonal, i.e. a call-and-response song; traditionally, it is sung between the children and adult congregation, though it is not unheard of for it to be done in other ways, such as played between trombone choirs.

Harry Belafonte recorded a song entitled "Hosanna" on his popular 1956 album "Calypso".

"Hosanna" is also the name of one of the songs featured in the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The song occurs in the scene in which Jesus rides on a donkey into Jerusalem, as in the above Biblical passages. Jesus is mocked by the high priest Caiaphas while his followers praise him as the Messiah.

British rock band Kula Shaker's first track on their 1999 album "Peasants, Pigs and Astronauts" is titled "Great Hosannah".

The English band Killing Joke uses the word in their 2006 album "Hosannas from the Basements of Hell".

"Hosanna" is also the title of a song by New Zealand singer Brooke Fraser, released on the 2007 Hillsong United albums "All of the Above" and live on "Saviour King"; a song by gospel artist Kirk Franklin; and a song by Canadian Christian music group Starfield on their third album "I Will Go."

ee also

* Alhamdulillah
* Aramaic of Jesus#Hosanna
* Hallelujah
* Hosanna Shout (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)


* Yohannan Aharoni & Michael Avi-Yonah, "The MacMillan Bible Atlas", Revised Edition, pp. 157-165 (1968 & 1977 by Carta Ltd).
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07472b.htm 1913 "Catholic Encyclopedia" article on Hosanna] .

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  • Hosanna — • The general opinion is that of St. Jerome, that the word originated from two Hebrew words of Psalm cxvii (cxviii), 25. This psalm, was recited by one of the priests every day during the procession round the altar, during the Feast of… …   Catholic encyclopedia

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