"Great Hosanna"

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Hosanna is a word that is used throughout Passion Sunday. What are that words meaning and its significance? Hosanna can be translated to mean save or rescue, or savior. In the psalms it is used to mean help! Or save, I pray. From Psalm 118: We beseech Thee, O LORD, save now! We beseech Thee, O LORD, make us now to prosper! In the Jewish liturgical cycle, Hosanna is applies to the Hoshana Service, a cycle of prayers from which a selection is sung each morning during Sukkot, the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles. The complete cycle is sung on the seventh day of the festival, which is called Hoshana Rabbah (הושענא רבא, “Great Hosanna”). More about Hoshana Rabbah can be read here:

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Hoshana_Rabbah/hoshana_rabbah.html

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