Hymns for Confirmation ceremonies

A selection of hymns and songs, suitable for Confirmation liturgies.

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 sacrament of confirmation..



Readings

Scripture readings for a confirmation liturgy are usually:
  • From the Mass of the day, when the Confirmation Mass is held on a Sunday (or Saturday vigil) in Advent, Lent or Easter, or on a Solemnity
  • From one of the Ritual Masses for Confirmation when it is held on another day.

If the Sunday readings are used, you may also check the hymn suggestions for that day. During seasons of the year, you need to balance between music appropriate for the season and songs and hymns invoking the Holy Spirit.


Themes

The power and action of the Holy Spirit.  Commitment.   Sending forth.


Suggested free-use hymns

All Who Would Valiant Be
Amazing Grace
At that first Eucharist
Be Still and Know that I am God
Be Thou my Vision
Christ be With Me
Come Down O Love Divine
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blessed
Come Holy Ghost Creator Come
Creator Spirit by Whose Aid
Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether
Fight the Good Fight
Firmly I Believe and Truly
Forth In Thy Name O Lord I Go
Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
Hail Thee Festival Day
Holy Spirit, Lord of Light
Holy Spirit Lord of Love
I received the Living God
Joyful, Joyful
Lift High the Cross
My God Accept my Heart This Day
O Breathe on me, O Breath of God
O Christ the Great Foundation
O How Good is the Lord
O Jesus I have Promised
Soul of my Saviour
Take my Life and Let it Be
The Church’s One Foundation
The Lord's my Shepherd
Veni Creator Spiritus


Hymns which are or may still be copyright

Abba Father Send your Spirit - Vissing
All who Hunger - Moore / Dunstan
Baptized in Water - Saward (This is to the same tune as "Morning has Broken")
Blessed be God Who Chose you in Christ - Chepponis
Christ be our Light - Farrell
Come and Fill this Temple - Friesen
Come, Holy Spirit, Wind and Fire - Hommerding
Come, O Holy Spirit -  Alstott (tune HYMN TO JOY)
Draw Near - Janco
Fire of God Undying Flame - Bayley
Go make of all Disciples - Adkins
Go Tell Everyone- Richards
Go Ye Out - Booth
God has Chosen Me - Farrell
Holy Spirit Come Confirm Us - Brian Fole
I have been Anointed - Warner
I Heard the Lord call my Name - Kreiger
Life-giving Bread Saving Cup - Chepponis
Lord, you Give the Great Commission - Rowthorn
Love is His Word - Connaughton
Love One Another - Chepponis
O Holy Spirit, by Whose Breath - Grant
One More Step Along the World I Go - Carter
One Spirit, One Church - Keil
Seed Scattered and Sown - Feiten
Send Down the Fire of your Justice - Haugen
Send us your Spirit - Haas
Shepherd me, O God - Haugen
Shepherd of our Hearts - Chepponis
Shine Jesus Shine - Kendrick
Spirit of God Within Me - Dudley-Smith
Take, O Take me as I Am - Bell
Taste and See - Various settings
The cup of Salvation - Janco
The Name of God - Haas
The Spirit of God Rests Upon Me - Deiss
The Spirit sends us forth - Dufner
The Summons - Bell
Ubi Caritas - Hurd
Ubi Caritas - Taizé
Veni Sancte Spiritus - Taizé
We have been Told - Haas



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


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