It is a Hebrew word used in the context of Jewish and Christian liturgy. It can be normally translated in several ways: “save us, sir”, “we beseech you, save us”, “save” or “help us”. Anyway, this is a formula of praise to the Creator, who with it expresses gratitude , submission and deep joy. Hosanna
in the biblical context
In various passages of the Holy Scriptures, more specifically in the New Testament, this Hebrew word appears , but in a very special way it is used to refer to the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.
Unlike other great historical characters, Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem in a very humble way: riding on the back of a donkey. Upon his arrival, he was received by a crowd carrying olive branches in his honor and during his journey the people acclaimed him saying “Hosanna to the son of David”.
From this expression, people showed him respect and veneration, as he was considered the new messiah that had been announced in the Old Testament . Although Jesus Christ was followed and respected by many, others considered him an imposter. Hosanna
It should be noted that Jesus Christ, like all the Jews of his time, went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover or Passover. This moment commemorated the episode in which God freed the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt in order to take them to the Promised Land.
On Palm Sunday among Catholics and on the Feast of Tabernacles among Jews
In the Catholic Church and in the various Christian confessions, the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem is celebrated on Palm Sunday , as part of Holy Week. During the celebration of this feast, palms are blessed and biblical passages about the Passion of Christ are read during mass. Hosanna
In Judaism, the word hosanna is mentioned in synagogues in a set of psalms known as the Hoshanot recitation. These psalms acquire special meaning in the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot.
In short, this Hebrew term is used by both Catholics and Jews. For the former, it is part of the context of Holy Week, while Passover should be understood in relation to the departure from Egypt and the beginning of the exodus to the Promised Land. Hosanna