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 selection of hymns that are still copyright but are particularly suitable for the day are also included.
Seasonal noteThis liturgy rememebers Jesus' Last Supper, washing the disciples feet and the institution of the Eucharist. It is also the first ceremony in the three-day Easter Triduum, which includes Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.
First: Exodus - The Lord's instructions to Moses and Aaron about the Passover meal.
Psalm: 115 - The blessing cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ / How can I repay the Lord / Precious in the eyes of the Lord / A thanksgiving sacrifice I make
Second: I Corinthians -The first Eucharist ... every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.
Gospel: John - Jesus washes the disciples feet at the Passover supper.
ThemesEucharist, service, self-sacrifice.
Suggested free-use hymnsA New Commandment
Christ is made the Sure Foundation
Come Let's Share in the Banquet of the Lord
Go Down Moses (When Israel was in Egypt's land)
Let us Break Bread Together
My God and is Thy Table Spread
O Bread of Life from Heaven
O Cross of Christ, Immortal Tree
O Thou who at Thy Eucharist Did Pray
(The author died in in 1938 - still copyright in some countries)
Of the Glorious Body Telling
Pange Lingua Gloriosi
Praise to the Holiest in the Height
Sing my Tongue the Glorious Battle
Sweet Sacrament Divine
Tantum Ergo Sacramentum
The Heavenly Word Proceeding Forth
Thou who at that First Eucharist
What Wondrous Love is This
Hymns that are (or may be) still copyrightAn Upper Room did our Lord Prepare - Pratt-Green
Broken for Me - Lunt
Eat this Bread - Taizé
God and Man at Table / O Welcome all Ye Noble Saints - Stamps
I am the Bread of Life - Toolan
In Love for Me - Owens / Lundy
Let me Wash Your Feet - Andersen
Meekness and Majesty
See the Holy Table - Forster
Servant Song - Gillard
The Glory of the Cross we Sing - Ainslie
The Lord Jesus - Norbet
The Night Before Our Saviour Died - Lundy
The Time was Early Evening - Bell / Maule
Unless a Grain of Wheat Shall Fall - Farrell
We Should Glory in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Rees
Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.