- In the USA and Canada it is the first Monday in September,
- In Australia the dates vary by state,
- In New Zealand it is the first Monday in October,
- In England and Ireland and many other places internationally it is usually associated with the 1st of May.
Although Labour Day is a secular observance, the role of work and workers rights feature in many church teachings, and services marking Labour Day or employment rights issues are common.
Below is a selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and songs, suitable for use at church or religious services for Labor Day, or which are specifically about labour issues, workers rights and the dignity of work, or the role of work in human life.
The theological perspective of these hymns varies widely, reflecting the different ways that Christian churches view work. There is also a second list, containing hymns that are not copyright, which are focussed more on workers rights / dignity.
Free-use hymn suggestionsA Glad Message Rings Through the World Today
Always and All for Jesus
Behold us Lord a Little Space
Bread and Roses
Bringing in the Sheaves
Christian, Rise and Act thy Creed
Come Labor On
Father and Life-giver
Hymn for Labor Day (Thurlow Weed) - covered by the Choral Public Domain Library license.
Jesus Our / Thy Divine Companion
Never Grow Old
O Master Workman of the Race
O Sing to God a Joyful Song
O Thou who Camest from Above
Precious Lord Take my Hand
Those who Love and Those Who Labour
Workman of God
Hymns about the dignity of work and workers, which may still be copyrightDenominations can have very different theological perspectives about the role of work in human life, and the rights of workers. These are issues that were not well covered in many older hymnals. Some more modern (and thus still subject to copyright) hymns which address these ideas are:
And They'll Know we are Christians - Scholtes
I Give my Hands to do Your Work - White
Lord Accept this Bread and Wine
Suggestions about hymns and songs that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box at the bottom of the page.