Advent in Lent

I know that Prepare the Royal Highway is an Advent hymn, but it works for Palm Sunday, too. As a matter of fact, when we were singing it last Advent, I kept thinking that I always considered it to be primarily a Holy Week hymn. I guess that just shows how well (or not) I pay attention to where in the hymnal the hymns actually are!

Prepare the royal highway;
The King of kings is near!
Let ev’ry hill and valley
A level road appear!
Then greet the King of Glory
Foretold in sacred story:
Hosanna to the Lord,
For He fulfills God’s Word!

God’s people see Him coming:
You own eternal king!
Palm branches strew before Him!
Spread garments! Shout and sing!
God’s promise will not fail you!
No more shall doubt assail you!
Hosanna to the Lord,
For He fulfills God’s Word!

Then fling the gates wide open
To greet your promised king!
Your king, yet ev’ry nation
Its tribute too should bring.
All lands, bow down before Him!
All nations, now adore Him!
Hosanna to the Lord,
For He fulfills God’s Word!

His is no early kingdom;
It comes from heav’n above.
His rule is peace and freedom
And justice, truth, and love.
So let your praise be sounding
For kindness so abounding.
Hosanna to the Lord,
For He fulfills God’s Word. Lutheran Service Book #343

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