"Free-to-use" means the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.
Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.
Seasonal noteWhen 14 September is a Sunday, then the readings for the feast are used instead of the regular readings for that day.
Historically, the feast commemorates the day in 628 that the piece of the cross taken by the Persian Empire was recovered by the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius.
Readings:First: Numbers - The Israelists lose patience as they travel through the desert. God send fiery serpents among them - they appeal to Moses, who prays and follow's Gods instructions to create a way to protect the people.
Psalm: 77 - Never forget the deeds of the Lord / Give heed my people, to my teaching / When he slew them they would seek him / But the words they spoke were mere flattery / Yet he who is full of compassion.
Second: Philippians - His state was divine ... he was humbler yet, even to accepting death on a cross. But God raised him up ....
Gospel: John - Jesus said ... the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. ... For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that everyone who believes may not be lost.
Themes:The cross as the instrument of salvation, the symbol of Jesus victory over evil. Redemption.
Hymns:All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
Crown Him with Many Crowns
God so Loved the World
Hail the Sign, the Sign of Jesus
He is Lord
In the Cross of Christ I Glory
Jesus Keep me Near the Cross
Lift High the Cross
My Song is Love Unknown
O Cross of Christ, Immortal Tree
Psalm 77 - Music for Mass setting
Take Up Your Cross
The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns
The Royal Banners Forward Go
Those Who Love and Those who Labour
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.