Songs and Praise of Jerusalem

 

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"SING TO THE LORD WHO DWELLS IN ZION

PROCLAIM HIS DEEDS AMONG THE PEOPLES"
 PSALM 9:11
 

Songs and Praise

Sing about Jerusalem
 
Since the time of David, pilgrims have been singing the praises of Jerusalem.  Here are a selection of songs that you and your group may want to sing on arrival in the Holy City and on the Holy Sites.
Marching to Zion

Come, we that love the Lord
And let our joys be known
Join in a song with sweet accord (2)
And thus surround the throne. (2)

Chorus:
We're marching to Zion
Beautiful, beautiful Zion
We're marching upward to Zion
The beautiful city of God.


Let those refuse to sing
Who never knew our God
But children of the heavenly King (2)
May speak their joys abroad (2)

View of the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives

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Looking at the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives

Chorus

The hill of Zion yields
A thousand sacred sweets
Before we reach the heavenly fields, (2)
Or walk the golden streets (2)

Chorus

Then let our songs abound
And every tear be dry
We're marching thru Immanuel's ground (2)
To fairer worlds on high (2)

"We know we are Christians by our love"

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California pilgrims singing "We know we are Christians by our love"

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I Will Enter His Gates  
I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart,
I will enter His courts with Praise!
I will say this is the day that the Lord has made,
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

He has made me glad!  He has made me glad!
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.
He has made me glad, He has made me glad.
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

 
Psalm 48

Great is the Lord, greatly to be praised
In the city of our God
In the mountain of his holiness.
Beautiful for situation
The joy of the whole earth
Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north,
The city of our great King.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Jerusalem
Lift up your gates and sing
Hosanna in the highest
Hosanna in the highest
Hosanna to your King
Hosanna to your King.
 

Sunday devotions outside the Temple Mount

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Singing on the 2,000-year-old pavement by the Western Wall
 

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Pilgrim Prayer on seeing Jerusalem for the first time (or the first time in a while)

Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohanu Melech HaOlam, Shehehiyanu, VeKiyemanu Ve Higiyanu, Lazman Hazeh.  Amen.

Praised be Thou O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has preserved us, sustained us and enabled us to reach this joyous occasion.  Amen.

This Jewish prayer is recited on many special occasions – the first night of Chanukah, at the Passover Seder and parents recite it at the bar or bat mitzvah ceremony of their thirteen-year-old.  It is appropriate to recite the “shehehiyanu” at first sight of the Holy City.

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Reciting the Pilgrim's Prayer on arrival in Jerusalem

Photo:  Ana Vargas

Gila leading Christian pilgrims in the Pilgrim's Prayer upon arrival in Jerusalem

 

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