Hymn suggestions for Baptism / Christening ceremonies

This is a list of English-language hymns and songs which may be suitable for baptism (christening) ceremonies in more-traditional (ie liturgical) churches.

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.    But a small selection of hymns that are still copyright, but especially suitable for baptism, is also included.

See also: The role of music in baptism services, and how it is organised.


Suggested free-use hymns for baptism liturgy

All my Hope on God is Founded

Be Thou My Vision
In some cultures, this hymn is strongly associated with funerals.   Nevertheless, the lyrics are appropirate for baptism.

By Cool Siloam's Shady Rill (not verses 3 and 4)

Come Down O Love Divine

Glad that I live am I

Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer.

He's Got the Whole World in His Hand

Heavenly Father may Thy Blessing

I Bind Unto Myself Today

Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep

My God Accept my Heart this Day

O Jesus I have Promised

O Breath on Me O Breath of God

Take my Life and Let it Be

The Church's One Foundation

To be a Pilgrim. (He who would valiant be).



Hymns that may still be copyright

Baptized in Water - Sayward  (same tune as "Morning has Broken")

Be Still for the Presence of the Lord - Evans

Because He Lives - Gaither

Come to the Water - Andersen

Eagles Wings - Joncas

Here I am Lord - Schutte

In Christ Alone - Townsend and Getty

Lord of all Hopefulness - Struther

Morning has Broken - Farjeon

O God You Search Me and You Know Me - Farrell

O Let all Who Thirst - Foley

One More Step Along the World I Go - Sydney Carter

Spirit of the Living God - Inverson

Take My Hands and Make Them as Your Own - Sebastian Temple

You Have Been Baptised in Christ - Landry

You Have Called us by our Name - Bernadette Farrell.



Resources for church-music selection

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