Hymn suggestions for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, 29 June

A selection hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Year A.

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).

Readings

First:  Acts 2 - Peter is imprisoned by King Herod, but the church prays fervently and an angel sets him free so he can continue leading the church.

Psalm 33  - From all my terrors the Lord set me free / I will bless the Lord at all times / Glorify the Lord with me / Look towards him and be radiant / An angel of the Lord is encamped.

Second:  II Timothy 4 - Paul's reflections on the crown promised everyone who servers God: ... I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ... The Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be proclaimed.

Gospel:  Matthew 16 - Jesus asks “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” ... “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” ... “But who do you say that I am?” ...Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” ... you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.


Themes

The legacy of Peter and Paul
God’s power to transform and redirect our lives.
Faithfulness
Authority - Petrine leadership
Saint Paul – Peter's successor.
Leadership: the need for both formal consistent, Petrine leadership and
charismatic, personal and inspirational leadership of people like Paul.
Praying for the Peters and Pauls of today’s church,
Treasuring the faith and passing it on to others.


Suggested free-use hymns

Christian Do You Hear the Lord (only the original version is public domain)

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Faith of our Fathers

Father we Thank Thee Who Hast Planted

Feed my Lambs

Fight the Good Fight

For all the Saints  (common tune is still copyright - others aren't)

From all thy Saints in Warfare

Full in the Panting Heart of Rome (God Bless our pope)

Give me the Wings of Faith

How Firm a Foundation

Let all on Earth Their Voices Raise

Lift High the Cross

Prince of the Apostles

Sing with all the Saints in Glory

Take up your Cross

The Beauteous Light of God’s Eternal Majesty

The Church's One Foundation

To be a Pilgrim

We Walk by Faith

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Your Hand O Lord has Guided


Hymns that are or may be copyright

All that is Hidden - Farrell

Awake Awake Fling off the Night

Bonum est Confidere (Taizé) 

Build, Build your Church - Mayhew

Do You Really Love Me - Landry

Dominus Jesus Christus (Taizé) 

God has Chosen Me -Farrell

If God is for Us - Foley

Let Nothing Trouble You - Farrell

Lord, you give the Great Commission - Rowthorn

Lord, you have Come to the Lakeside/Seashore - Gutiérrez-Achon


Unless a Grain of Wheat (Farrell) 

What Fairer Light - Knox

Who Honours Courage Here - Sayward

Wouldst Thou a Patron See - Knox



Please leave a comment below if you have other suggestions for this feast day.



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