Started as a plea but made into a shout of joy


I wonder about the derivation of the shout of joy “Hosanna in the highest!”

The word Hosanna is derived directly from the Hebrew word Hoshi’ah na’, which is literally translated “Lord, save us!”

So, every Mass we sing out “Lord, save us in the highest!” during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. When did a plea to the Lord become a song of praise? I know Psalm 118 combines “Lord, save us” with “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” But I’ve heard people say that “Hosanna” means “Glory to God” (I understand where people get this idea, since we also sing “Glory to God in the highest” in the Gloria.) However, it doesn’t mean that, at all.


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