Stephen Colbert performs liturgical dance to “King of Glory”

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Stephen Colbert | Screenshot via

Stephen Colbert | Screenshot via

If you’re around the church (Church?) much these days, you know we are at the outset of Holy Week, the week when we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. Many different churches have different ways of celebrating this significant occasion–some hold services to remember the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday; some refrain from lighting candles or saying “Alleluia” until the night before Easter; and others incorporate the ancient and sacred tradition of liturgical dance.

One song that celebrates the return of Jesus–ahem, the King of Glory–is called “King of Glory.” It’s a folk tune written in 1966 and often sung on Palm Sunday, which we just passed last weekend. It isn’t a terribly well-known song, which is the case for many folk hymns, I suppose, but at least one important American figure knew it well enough to share his own liturgical dance, choreographed especially for such a time as this. So, on this Monday of Holy Week, enjoy Stephen Colbert dancing and singing to “King of Glory.” It makes, gloriously, no sense.

  • Tom Sporman

    Loved the ditty, loved “Colbert’s Rag”!

  • Gavin

    Isn’t that usually an advent hymn?

  • Thomas Sporman

    Yep, in fact, some parishes are still using this song( and tune) in their liturgical celebrations

  • Anyone know the context in which this clip was originally recorded? ( When or For what show or why he recorded this?