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.