Strong in Glory, Honor and Praise: "All Glory, Laud, and Honor"
"All Glory, Laud, and Honor" can easily claim the honor as one of the oldest hymns in history. This hymn is credited to St. Theodulph of Orleans, who is believed to live around ca. 750-821. The hymn was written in Latin, with the title of Gloria, laus et honor. The text is believed to have been inspired by Matthew 21:16. The hymn was translated to English by John M. Neale (1818-1866). There is also no credited melody. It is assumed Melchior Teschner (1613) created a new one called "Valet will ich dir geben" along with the new translation.
"All Glory, Laud, and Honor" is a favorite hymn around Palm Sunday. This hymn is used as an entrance hymn to Mass and other celebrations during that time.
St. Theodulph of Orleans' background is hard to uncover. He is said to have been elected as an Archbishop of Orleans and influence in Charlemagne's court. He lost favor with Charlemagne's son, Louis I (also known as Louis the Pious), emperor from 814-840. The reason for being out of favor was the accusation of
St. Theodulph’s participation in Bernard of Italy's rebellion. He was later imprisoned. There was a story where Louis I heard the hymn while on a procession and asked for the singer/creator. He was informed that St. Theodulph, his prisoner was the creator of the hymn. Louis I pardoned the saint and set him free due to this hymn. From then on, it was ordered the hymn should always be played during Palm Sunday.
The hymn comprises of five stanzas, with eight lines each. A perfect match for Palm Sunday festivities, it reflects the energy and exuberance of the event's triumph and symbolism. With this hymn, it is easy to fall into the energy and anticipation of welcoming and praising the miracle of the Lord's resurrection.