Hymns for World Day of the Sick and the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes - 11 February

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and song suggestions for World Day of the Sick and the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

"Free-to-use" means the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

Seasonal note:

At Lourdes in France, Mary appeared to a young girl in 1858, under the title "the Immaculate Conception.". Today, Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage, faith and healing, and 11 February is an "optional memorial" feast day for Our Lady of Lourdes.

World Day for the Sick was instituted , sharing the same date, in 1992, as a day for remembering the sick and those who care for them.

Because it is a fixed date (11 Feb), the readings for the day vary.  Therefore the hymn suggestions below are based on the general themes of Lourdes and caring for the sick, rather than any particular lectionary readings.   This can be quite a challenging theme, because of the very wide range of situations that sick people and their caregivers may be in  (terminal illness, chronic illness, short-term situations).

Themes

Lourdes
Suffering
Making communities and civil society more sensitive to people who are sick.
Caring for caregivers.


Hymns

Lourdes-specific hymns:

The Bells of the Angelus

Hail all Hail Great Queen of Heaven

Immaculate Mary / Mother

(There are various other hymns from Lourdes in use today, eg The Lourdes Magnificat, Holy Mary Full of Grace, etc but they are not necessarily copyright-free.)


General health / healing / sickness / caregiving focussed hymns:\

A New Commandment

Abide with Me

Awake Awake Fling off the Night

Be Still and Know

Be Still my Soul

Be Thou my Vision

For all thy Saints Still Active

Glory to Thee my God this Night

God be in my Head

Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer

I Cannot Tell

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

Jesu Lover of my Soul

Just for Today

Lead Kindly Light

Lord Jesus Think on Me

Lord Thy Word Abideth

My God Accept my Heart This Day

The Lord's my Shepherd

O God Our Help in Ages Past

O Jesus Christ Remember

Steal Away to Jesus

Sweet Saviour Bless Us

The King of Love my Shepherd Is


Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below, or email editor@LiturgyTools.net

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