A Hymn for Palm Sunday

by Kim on March 28, 2006

Richard advised me to get any Holy Week hymns in early, for worship leaders doing pre-planning. Here is the first - for Palm Sunday.

Jesus goes from Jericho,
behind him Bartimaeus;
next stop, town of Bethany,
the last will be Emmaus.

Praise to Jesus - wave your palms! -
masterful in meekness,
Prince of Peace who comes unarmed
and wins the world through weakness!

Jesus near Jerusalem
and looks upon the city,
sees it won’t give peace a chance
and weeps a tear of pity.

Jesus sends two friends ahead
to get a donkey ready;
at the city gates the mood
is cheerful, charged and heady.

Jesus enters on the colt,
the crowd goes wild with cheering,
waving branches, spreading cloaks,
no hint of mutineering.

Jesus sees some Pharisees,
their faces pursed and pouting;
“Were the people dumb,” he says,
“the pavement would be shouting!”

So begins the Holy Week,
a day of benediction;
who would ever have believed
by Friday - crucifixion.

(Tune: Yankoo Doodle went to town)

Kim Fabricius

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }


Jen 03.28.06 at 2:07 pm

Only Kim could write a hymn to ‘Yankoo Doodle went to town’! Thats fantastic - look forward to the others Kim! :)


dh 03.28.06 at 2:50 pm

I like the song as long as it is written in a reverent way. “Yankee doodle” as you know was written in the context of a joke on us Americans. I hope this hymn isn’t wirtten under a context similar but under different parameters.


Richard 03.28.06 at 3:05 pm

>> “…as long as it is written in a reverent way”

I can’t imagine Kim writing anything irreverent.


dh 03.28.06 at 4:11 pm

I agree. It is just the anti-american “Yankee doodle” which resonated from British soldiers is what I can’t keep getting out of my head when singing this tune. :) (Just having some fun and was humorous and to a microscopic sense serious at the same time all along).


Kim 03.28.06 at 5:46 pm

Hey, dh, why should the bloody British have all the best tunes? :)


tortoise 03.28.06 at 7:39 pm

Kim - yeah, that’s the devil’s prerogative >:-)


dh 03.28.06 at 7:55 pm

I heard somewhere that “Amazing Grace” (written in the US) originally was a Scottish bar tune so I guess I’m like “calling the pot the kettle black” on this issue. I guess what goes around comes around. :)


dh 03.28.06 at 7:56 pm

Kim, being British, do you have the original words to the precursor of “Amazing Grace”. I would be interested for history sake just like the “Yankee Doodle” thing.


Beth 03.28.06 at 8:23 pm

Oh, Lord help us, someone called Kim “British”…


dh 03.28.06 at 8:30 pm

Beth if he isn’t British then what is he? I got the impression being he is a good friend of Richard’s that that is what he is. I’m sorry if I appear a little clueless on this one.


Kim 03.28.06 at 9:11 pm

dh -

I’m as American as baseball, apple pie and napalm! I’ve been an expat, living in Britain (London, Surrey, Oxford and now Swansea) for over thirty years, but I’m still a US citizen. You can take the boy out of America, but you can’t take America out of the boy - even when he’s middle-aged!

(Actually, I’m an alien from the planet Zog - which is why I blend in so well in the UK! :))


dh 03.28.06 at 9:28 pm

If your so American than why is your butt not back in “the home of the free and the home of the brave”. (Just having some fun)(Actually on a serious note it would be interesting to find out what things you have been doing in the UK to necisitate being away from the US this long).


dh 03.28.06 at 9:30 pm

I too am a big fan of the UK excpet for the food, limited sporting events and being on a small island. (Just being humorous) :)


Richard 03.28.06 at 10:34 pm

Funny, I wondered earlier if you might have mistaken Kim for a Brit dh. Kim’s a New Yorker, minister of a local church, an ecumenical colleague of mine in the university chaplaincy and, as you have indicated, my good friend. All of those things he is. British he is not.

As to why he has been away from the US so long, he’ll have to answer. But it is a well known fact that Swansea has a strange effect on people. They come, and they stay. Swansea’s most famous son, the poet Dylan Thomas, called the town “a graveyard of ambition’.


Richard 03.28.06 at 10:45 pm

“Amazing grace” was first popular in America (it wasn’t widely sung in Britain until the 1960’s). But it wasn’t written in America. It was first published in Newton’s Olney Hymns in 1779. The verse usually sung last (When we’ve been there ten thousand years…) is, I think, an all-American addition (and, it must be said, an entirely unnecessary one) first appearing in the 1910 collection Coronation Hymns.

The tune is an American folk tune, probably based on a secular tune from Scotland. Whether it was a ‘bar tune” or not I have no idea.


Kim 03.28.06 at 11:23 pm

Back in the late seventies, dh, a very persistent God tracked me down, roped and hog-tied me while I was working on a farm in the south of England - then leaving enough slack for me to become a minister and university chaplain in the United Reformed Church (Congregationalist and Presbyterian) - for nearly twenty-four years now. Mind, the good Lord promoted me geographically, moving me to Swansea, which is indeed (as Richard points out) the graveyard of ambition (at least kata sarka). It ain’t New York, but it’s my kind of town.

I stay because God hasn’t yet told me to move. And even if he did, I’d probably stay. My wife is Welsh. You don’t mess with Angie.


Kim 03.28.06 at 11:31 pm

oh, dh, by the way, I’ve written a hymn based on Jesus’ Seven Words from the Cross to the tune “The House of the Rising Sun”, but you can sing it to “Amazing Grace” as well. I’ll be posting it next week. Hope you like it.


dh 03.29.06 at 4:25 pm

Richard I was wondering what the words to the Scotish seculr tune were for historical reasons? I knew “Amazing Grace” was written in the US but I also knew the secular Scottish part I was wondering from you or Kim if you happened to know that song?

BTW, I liked the 10000 years part it shows how wonderful and unchanging God’s Grace is when we are in heaven and how that our Salvation when we accept Christ as Savior is the beginning. I liked it.


Richard 03.29.06 at 7:41 pm

I don’t believe that the original words to the tune (if there were any) are still around, sadly. I’m pretty sure that the tune we generally sing to Amazing Grace is not the one that Newton himself would have known.


dh 03.29.06 at 9:17 pm

Thanks Richard for the try. I read wikipedia on “Amazing Grace” and it was amazing (no pun intended) to hear the history. The conversion of of Newton and his renouncement of slavery was incredible and uplifting when I read that. :)


hermit greg 04.09.06 at 1:14 am

I stumbled upon this quite by accident while Googling for hymn ideas for PS, but I must extend kudos before I go. Kim, Stanza 6 is brilliant.

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