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 noteThe solemnity of the Ascension is transferred to the seventh Sunday of Easter, in some countries / dioceses. See the liturgical calendar for details about your country.
ReadingsFirst: Acts 1 - Peter leads the brothers to choose someone to take the place of Judas as a witness to the resurrection.
Psalm 102 - The Lord has set his sway heaven / My soul give thanks to the Lord / For as the heavens are high above the earth.
Second: I John 4 - Since God has loved us so much, so we should love one another ....God is love, and anyone who lives in love lives in God.
Gospel: John 17 - Jesus prays to the Father for the people who he has been given, knowing that he will soon be returning to the Father and that his people will need protection from the evil one.
ThemesWitnessing to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. God's love. God's Spirit living in us.
Suggested free-use hymnsA New Commandment
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
Alleluia Sing to Jesus
Be Joyful Mary
Crown Him with Many Crowns
Draw us in the Spirit's Tether
God is Love His the Care
Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise
Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour
Psalm 107 - Music for Mass setting
Rejoice the Lord is King
The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns
The Strife is O'ver the Battle Won
This Is My Commandment I Give You
Thou who at Thy Eucharist Didst Pray
Ye Servants of God
Hymns which may still be copyrightAs the Bread of Life is Broken - Chepponis
Safe in the Hands of God who Made Me - Perry
Spirit of God within Me - Dudley Smith
This is my Will - Quinn
Where Charity and Love Prevail - Westendorf
Where There is Love - Haas
Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.