Hymns for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year B

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year B.

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).


Seasonal note

The first Sunday after Easter is the second Sunday in the Easter Season:  Easter Sunday itself is the "1st Sunday of Easter".

Within the universal church calendar, the 2nd Sunday of Easter is dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion.

In some communities, it is known as "Low Sunday" - and has minimal if any music to give choirs and music directors a break after the demands of the Easter Triduum.






Readings

First: Acts 4 - The believers shared all their possession and the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection.

Psalm 117 -  Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love has no end / Let the sons of Israel say / The Lord's right hand has triumphed / The stone which the builders rejected.

Second  I John 5  -  Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God ... For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments.

Gospel: John 20  -  Jesus appears in the upper room, showed his hands and said “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” ... “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Doubting Thomas. ... Now Jesus did many other signs ... which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe.


Themes

Sharing, generosity. Peace. Resurrection. Jesus dispels fear and brings peace. Doubt / faith / trust. Continuing Jesus work in the world - faithfulness to the commandments.


Suggested free-use hymns

A New Commandment 

All my Hope on God is Founded

All People That on Earth Do Dwell

All who Would Valiant Be

At the Lamb's High Feast we Sing


Firmly I Believe and Truly

If You Believe and I Believe

O Godhead Hid

O Sons and Daughters Let us Sing (esp verse 6)

Psalm 117  -  Music for Mass setting

Peace is Flowing Like a River

That Easter Day with Joy was Bright

The Strife is O'er the Battle Won

Thine be the Glory

We Walk by Faith



Hymns which may still be copyright

Faith Will Not Grow from Words Alone - Smith

Let There be Love Shared Among Us

Peace Perfect Peace - Mayhew

Show me Your Hands Your Side Your Feet - Dunstan

This is a Day of New Beginnings - Wren

Without Seeing You - Haas



Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.

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