Hymns suggestions for the Feast of Christ the King, Year A

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, 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 still copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also included.

Seasonal note

The feast of Christ the King is the last Sunday of the Church year - it is equivalent to the 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time.




Readings

Ezekiel  - The Lord will look after his flock like a shepherd - and will judge between sheep and rams.

Psalm 22/23 - The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want / Near restful waters he leads me / You have prepared a banquet for me / Surely goodness and kindness

Second:  I Corinthians 15 - Christ has been raised from the dead ... at the end, he will hand over the kingdom to God the Father.

Gospel: Matthew 25 - Jesus tells the disciples that she the Son of Man comes .. he will take up his seat on the throne of glory and separate men as the shepherd separates sheep and goats .. the Kingdom will be given to the virtuous


Themes

Christ the King - who cares for his people like a shepherd.   Living justly.


Suggested free-use hymns

All Creatures of our God and King

All Glory, Laud and Honour

All People that on Earth do Dwell (esp verse 2)

Alleluia Sing to Jesus

At the Name of Jesus

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Come, Christians, Join to Sing

God is Love, His the Care

Hail O Once Despised Jesus

Hail to the Lord's Anointed

He is King of Kings

Immortal Invisible God only Wise (esp verse 4)

Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (esp. verse 2)

Lift High the Cross

My Shepherd will Supply my Need

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Rejoice the Lord is King

Sing with all the Saints in Glory

The Lord's my Shepherd

The King of Love my Shepherd Is




Suggested hymns that are / may be still copyright

Blessings on the King - Andersen

Forth in the Peace of Christ we Go - James Quinn

Hail Redeemer King Divine - Brennan

Like a Shepherd - John Foley

Meekness and Majesty - Graham Kendrick

Our God Reigns - Smith

Sing to the world of Christ our Sovereign Lord - Lee

The King of Glory - Jabusch

The Servant King - Graham Kendrick

Worthy the Lamb who Died for Us   (Christoph Tietze, © World Library Publications)





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