Hymn suggestions - Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord's Passion

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the Good Friday Celebration of the Lord's Passion.

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 of these hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small list of particularly-relevant hymns that are still copyright is also included.


Seasonal note

The service of the Lord's Passion is the second day of the Easter Triduum, which starts with Holy Thursday and ends with the Easter Vigil on Saturday night.


Readings

First: Isaiah - As the crowds were appaled on seeing him ... like a sapling he grew in front of us ... a man of sorrows ... yet ours were the sufferings he bore.

Psalm: 30 - Into your hand, I commend my spirit / In you O Lord I take refuge / In the face of my foes / I trust in you Lord / Let your face shine on your servant.

Second: Hebrews -In Jesus we have the supreme High Priest, who learnt to obey through suffering.

Gospel: John - The Passion:  Jesus leaving he garden, telling the soliders he was the one being looked for, arrested, denied three times by Peter, taken before the High Priest and then Pilate, crucified, handing Mary into John's care, dying, having his side pierced, being laid in the tomb.


Themes

Jesus suffering and death.


Hymns

Ahh, Holy Jesus, How has Thou Offended?

All ye who Seek a Comfort Sure

At the Cross her Station Keeping


Glory be to Jesus

Let all that is Within Me Cry "Holy"

Lift High the Cross

My God I Love Thee

My Song is Love Unknown

O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile

O Cross of Christ, Immortal Tree  (omit the last verse)

O Sacred Head Sore Wounded

On the Holy Cross I See

Praise to the Holiest in the Heights

Sabat Mater

Sing my Tongue the Glorious Battle

The Regal Dark Mysterious Cross

The Royal Banners Forward Go

There is a Green Hill Far Away

What Wondrous Love

Were you There when They Crucified my Lord

When I Survey the Wonderous Cross




Hymns that are still copyright

All You Who Pass this Way - Taizé

Crucem Tuam - Taizé

Jesus Remember Me - Taizé

Now We Remain - Haas

O Sacred Head Ill-Used - Knox

The Reproaches - various settings

When the Son of God was Dying- Bell



Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.


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