Hymns for the 6th Sunday of Easter, Year B

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the sixth 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

If the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on the seventh Sunday of Easter, then the 2nd reading and gospel from that days Mass may be used instead of these ones.    The suggestions below, however, are based on the readings for the 6th Sunday.





Readings

First: Acts 10 - Peter visits Cornelius' household, and the Holy spirit is poured out even on the Gentiles and they speak in tongues. “God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” So Peter ordered them to be baptised.

Psalm 97 - The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations / sing a new song to the Lord /All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Second  I John 4 - Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. ... God’s love was revealed: ...God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him..

Gospel: John 15 - Jesus says: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you.
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Themes

Choosing and being chosen. We are chosen by God. God's love for us - and its implications, our call to love others.  The Spirit, and God's love.  Equality - God is for all nations and races.


Suggested free-use hymns

A New Commandment

Come Down O Love Divine

God is Love; His the Care

God is Love the Heavens Tell It

In Christ there is no East or West

Joyful, Joyful We Adore You

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

My God I Love Thee

O Breathe on Me O Breath of God

Psalm 97 - Music for Mass setting

This is My Commandment I Give You

What Wondrous Love

Ye Sons and Daughters


Hymns which may still be copyright

All are Welcome - Haugen

Christians Let us Love One Another - verse 3

Draw Me Close - Carpenter

God has Chosen Me - Farrell

I Am the Bread of Life - Tom Kaczmarek, especially last verse

I Have Loved You with an Everlasting Love - Joncas

In Love for Me - Lundy / Owens

Jesu, Jesu Fill us with your Love - Colvert

Love One Another - Feargal King

O God of Every Nation - Reid

One Bread, One Body - Foley

New Songs of Celebration Render - Routley

No Greater Love - Assad, Tomlin, Maher

Prayer of St Francis - Foley

Sing a New Song - Schutte

Sing a New Song to the Lord - Dudley-Smith

This is my Will - Quinn

When I needed a Neighbour - Carter

Your Love Is Extravagant - Darrell Evans


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

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