Hebrew for ‘Save, we pray’ (not ‘Hurrah’) and taken from Ps. 118: 25 by the crowd as they greeted Jesus when he rode into Jerusalem on a young ass before his arrest. The whole psalm was recited during the feast of Tabernacles and had Messianic overtones, which seems to be the meaning of Mark 11: 9–10 and John 12: 13. John's mention of palm trees recalls their use in the triumphal procession in 141 BCE after the recapture of the citadel of Jerusalem by Simon Maccabaeus (1 Macc. 13: 51). The word was incorporated into early Christian liturgies, and it has been so used ever since.