Donkey-riding Jesus (John Earwaker)

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Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2007-12-21).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: Personal

General Information

Title: Donkey-Riding Jesus
Composer: John Earwaker

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: S.SATB; see description
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1992

Description: For all-age worship: children's choir, adult choir SATB, and congregation.

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Original text and translations

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Donkey-riding Jesus is coming to town
Hooray, Halleluia
Blowing your own trumpet makes walls tumble down
Hooray, Halleluia

Jesus riding onwards, delighting the crowd
Hooray, Halleluia
People waving branches and shouting out loud:
Hooray, Halleluia

People sing his praises as if he were king.
Hooray, Halleluia
Can’t you hear the stones give an echoing ring?
Hooray, Halleluia

Ev’ryone is clapping, a song in their heart
Hooray, Halleluia
Didn’t Jesus promise that God’s reign would start?
Hooray, Halleluia

Jesus looks like trouble, the authorities frown
Hooray, Halleluia
Somehow they will have to damp it all down!
Hooray, Halleluia

Ah, what is going to happen? Will Jesus die?
Hooray, Halleluia

Has be guessed what’s coming, the person God sends?
Hooray, Halleluia
Ride on in majesty, in lowly pomp ride on to die.
Hooray, Halleluia

While the people praise him is he waving goodbye?
Hooray, Halleluia
Risking his own life to make enemies friends
Hooray, Halleluia

O Christ thy triumphs now begin
Hooray, Halleluia
O’er captive death and conquer’d sin.
Hooray, Halleluia

What the people shouted was more than they knew:
Hooray, Halleluia
Calling him a king then was perfectly true.
Hooray, Halleluia

Bow thy meek head to mortal pain,
Then take, O God, thy power and reign!