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Catholic Activity: Hymn: Gloria Laus et Honor (All Glory, Laud and Honor)


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A favorite traditional hymn sung during the procession at Mass is Gloria laus et honor (All Glory, Laud and Honor) composed by Bishop Theodulph of Orleans around 800. It is a wonderfully suitable for Palm Sunday, because it gives true praise to Christ, King and Redeemer. There are two popular tunes to this hymn. The English translation below keeps the flavor of the Latin original.


All glory, laud and honor
To thee, Redeemer, King!
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David's royal Son,
Who in the Lord's Name comest,
The King and Blessed One. Chorus.

The company of angels
Are praising thee on high;
And mortal men, and all things
Created, make reply. Chorus.

The people of the Hebrews
With palms before thee went
Our praise and prayers and anthems
Before thee we present. Chorus.

To thee before the passion
They sang their hymns of praise;
To thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise. Chorus.

Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the prayers we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King. Chorus.

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