simple white fading png image
notre dame montreal
Church of England coat of arms

ThisIsChurch.com

What does it mean . . .?

Methodist Logo

Hosanna

Because of the context in which we read find the word 'hosanna', it tends to be thought of simply as a shout of praise:

[As Jesus entered into Jerusalem -] The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!"   
Matthew chapter 21, verse 9
NIV

The word Hosanna originally meant 'Save us!'. From being a cry for help, it came to be used as a cry of praise - an affirmation of help already promised or on its way. It appears in psalm 118 verse 25, one of the 'Hallel' psalms which was sung at Passover.

At another feast (Tabernacles), whilst the Hallel was chanted by a priest,  the people waved branches of willow or palm, shouting "Hallelujah", "Hosanna" or, "O Lord, we beseech Thee, do send now prosperity" (psalm 118:25)  
(The New Unger's Bible Dictionary.  Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois, 1988.)

Jesus rides into Jerusalem

 

 

Top of Page Return to Meanings index