Hymns for All Saints Day (1 November)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary and traditional practices for the Feast of All Saints, years A, B and C.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing.  Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still be copyright may also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

See lectionary art for this feast day for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.



Readings

First:  Apocalypse - I saw people from every race and nation standing in front of the throne.

Psalm: 23 (24) -  Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord / The Lord's is the earth and its fulness

Second: St John - We are already the children of God, but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed

Gospel: Matthew - The Beatitudes - blessed are the poor in spirit.


Themes

Saints - people who lived a special relationship with God.


Suggested free-use hymns

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Around the Throne a Glorious Band

Blessed Feasts for Blessed Martyrs

Blest are the Pure of  Heart

By all your Saints Still Striving (some verses only)

For all the Saints

For all your Saints (In Warfare) Still Active

How Bright These Glorious Spirits Shine

O Thou who at Thy Eucharist Did Pray

O When the Saints go Marching In

Praise the Lord ye Heavens Adore Him

Sing with all the Saints in Glory

Thy Hand O Lord has Guided

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones


Suggested hymns which may still be copyright

Alleluia Raise the Gospel - Farrell

For all the Saints who've Shown You Love - Bell

Give Thanks for Those - Leckebusch

I Sing a Song of the Saints of God - Scott

In Christ there is a Table set for All (O welcome all you noble saints of old) - Stamps

Jerusalem the Kingdom - esp verse 4 - Forster

Praise to God for Saints and Martyrs - Forster (tune:  ODE TO JOY)


Rejoice in God's Saint, Today and all Days - Pratt Green




Other hymn suggestions are welcome: leave a message in the Comments section at the bottom of the page.



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