Hymn suggestions, 2nd Sunday of Easter (Low Sunday), Year C (3 April 2016)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year 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 which are, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

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

Seasonal note

The first Sunday after Easter is the second Sunday in the Easter Season:  Easter Sunday itself is the "1st Sunday of Easter".

Within the universal church calendar, the 2nd Sunday of Easter is dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion.

In some communities, it is known as "Low Sunday" - and has minimal if any music to give choirs and music directors a break after the demands of the Easter Triduum.



Readings

First: Acts - The disciples continued to meet, and the number who came to believe in the Lord steadily increased.

Psalm: 117 -  Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love had no end / Let the sons of Israel say / The stone which the builders rejected / O Lord grant us salvation.

Second: Apocalypse - Jesus appears to John, and tells him to write a book:  "I am the first and the last, the living one.  I was dead, now I am to live forever".

Gospel:   John - Jesus appears to the disciples after eight days  "Peace be with you - as the Father sent me, so I am sending you" - and gives them the power to forgive sins.   Thomas was not there the first time, and doubted - but he was there when Jesus came again - and so  he believed.


Themes

Belief, Community, Jesus present in our midst.
As well as continuing the Easter themes of resurrection, life out of death, rejoicing, alleluia.


Hymns

At the Lamb's High Feast we Sing

Come Ye Faithful Raise the Strain

Dona Nobis Pacem

Draw us in the Spirit's Tether

He is Lord

Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty

If You Believe and I Believe

Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

Lord Jesus Christ be Present Now

O Breathe on me O Breath of God

O Godhead Hid

O Sons and Daughters

Of the Father's Love Begotten

Peace is Flowing Like a River

Peace Like a River

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Rejoice the Lord is King

Sing with all the Saints in Glory

That Easter Day with Joy was Bright

The Easter Song (My Lord he Died for a Kingdom)




Hymns which may still be copyright

He Walks Among the Golden Lamps - Dudley-Smith

Like Newborn Children - Collegeville

Now the Green Blade Riseth / Love is Come Again - Crum

Put Your Hand There Thomas - Collegeville

Show Me Your Hands, Your Feet, Your Side - Dunstan

Without Seeing You - Haas



Resources for church-music selection

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