Hosanna Shout!

A few words of instruction on the “Hosanna Shout” appear to be needed:

A languid repetition in unison of:

“Hosanna …hosanna… hosanna”

is not good form. The “shout” ought to be shouted! And doing so in unison always detracts, and forces into order what ought to be individual enthusiasm, uncontrolled, unregulated, and motivated by each person’s heartfelt emotion.

Here is a description of such an event in an authentic outburst at the laying of the foundation of the Second Temple: “And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the priests and Levites, and chief of the fathers who were old men that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice. And many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people; for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.” (OC Ezra 1:17)

This outburst was loud shouting, weeping, and the words “could not be discerned” because of the outcry.

Should there ever be an occasion for an authentic “Hosanna Shout!” among people of God, it should be rousing, loud, enthusiastic and uncontrolled. It should attract the attention of Heaven itself by the purity of the outburst from the hearts of the participants.