Ride on, Ride on in Majesty!

I learned a new hymn on Friday. *gasp*  You mean that there are hymns out there besides the ones I grew up singing?  It’s a shock, I know. 

This video is a decent recording but does not compare to the song’s brilliant interpretation by our accompanist (a fellow seminarian & friend) at Friday Eucharist.

We started in majesty, singing strongly our hosannas, encouraging our King to ride on.  But each verse got quieter, lessening in volume, from forte to mezzo-forte to mezzo-piano

It was intense but no longer joyful.

And we concluded in almost a whisper:

Ride on, ride on, in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain,
Then take, O God, Thy power, and reign.

I wanted musical resolution but there was none.  We were singing pianissimo as we bid him ride on to die.  No triumph now.

And the power that Jesus took?  There was no “Amen” to follow. 

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2 Responses to Ride on, Ride on in Majesty!

  1. Mom says:

    Surely you have heard this before — I know it’s been sung at some point in your years of Palm Sundays, but perhaps it was in an anthem — and maybe you don’t remember those…. However the interpretation at your Eucharist sounds powerful. Can’t wait till you get back on FB — there are pictures there of our service this morning – and even a clip of one of the anthems.

    • La Peregrina says:

      One more week and then I will be facebook-fast-free!

      We did sing “Mantos y Palmas” in church this morning, but I missed the large children’s choir numbers.

      ps. if it’s not in the UMH, it doesn’t really exist 😉

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