Hosanna is derived from the Hebrew phrase “yasha anna”, which means, “Save us, we pray.”

Hosanna is both a plea and an expression of praise, because the plea acknowledges God as the Savior. Psalm 118:25; 2 Kings 19:19

At Jesus’ birth, angels informed his father and the shepherds that Jesus would save people from their sins. Matthew 1:21; Luke 2:11

When Jesus entered Jerusalem the Sunday before his death, he was met with shouts of, “Hosanna!” The crowd was seeking salvation from him and calling him their Savior. Matthew 21:9; Mark 11:9-10; John 12:13

The crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:9

~ SR

Related word: hallelujah, exalt, supplication

Ruhmann, Scott. “Word of the Week: Hosanna.” 27th Street Church of Christ. Access date: . http://www.churchofbend.com/wow/hosanna.htm