Hosanna is a term found in the Bible that’s usually used during the time of praise. However, the original meaning wasn’t one of praise. Yet, believers of Christ today still use this term to express their praise to God (like the word Hallelujah). Since it’s a word still used today, I thought it’d be best to take a look at what the word hosanna means in Hebrew and Greek.

“Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

– Mark 11:10

All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.

What Does The Word Hosanna Mean In Hebrew and Greek?

Hosanna in the Hebrew means “save, we pray.” However, the word has become more of an utterance of praise rather than a prayer. Originally, it probably was a cry for help.

The people cried this out during the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. (Mark 11:9; John 12:13)

Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”

– Matthew 21:9

This cry was taken from Psalm 118, which was recited at the Feast of Tabernacles in the great Hallel (Psalm113-118) accompanied by waving of willow and palm branches.

The last day of the feast was called “The Great Hosanna.”


In conclusion, the word hosanna is used to sing praise to God. It’s used in many worship songs and services. There’s no doubt God loves when His people express their love to Him. Therefore, this word is safe to use during worship and prayer.

Check out some worship songs called ‘Hosanna’ by clicking here.

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