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 are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.
The theme of the Jubilee Year is "Be merciful like the Father" - and for this reason the first part of the list focuses on hymns specifically about the mercy of God the Father, Son and Spirit.
The second part of the list is other hymns about mercy, particularly ones about Mary as mediator of God's mercy.
The third section lists hymns specifically about mercy which are not yet free use.
Historically the word "grace" has been used with a very similar meaning to "mercy", so the lists include some hymns this this approach.
Before the Day's Last Moment's Fly (particularly for Evening Prayer)
Bread of the World in Mercy Broken - with a Eucharistic focus
Brightly Beams our Father's Mercy
Depth of Mercy - Wesley
Give to our God Immortal Praise
God of Compassion in Mercy Befriend Us (appears to be public domain in the USA, but not yet in other countries)
God of Mercy and Compassion - original words are particularly suitable for Lent
Have Mercy on Us (God Most High, Who lift our hearts to Thee; Have mercy on us worms of earth)
O Merciful Redeemer
Sweet Heart of Jesus, Fount of Love and Mercy
The Mercy of God is an Ocean Divine
There Shall be Showers of Blessing
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
Thy Mercy Free
Thy Mercy My God is the Theme of my Song
Vaster Far Than any Ocean
Free use hymns about mercy, but not the Father's mercyHail Mother of Mercy
Mother of Mercy Day by Day
Hail, Holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria!
Hymns about mercy that are or may be copyrightA Song of Hope - Foley
Be Merciful - Haugen
Be Merciful O Lord - settings by Joncas, Willcock
Blessed the Merciful
The official song of World Youth Day 2016 - copyright status, especially of the unofficial English translation, is unclear. More information.Bread of the World in Mercy broken - Heber
Father of Mercy, God of Consolation - Quinn
Forgive Our Sins as we Forgive - Herklots
God of Mercy and Compassion - Hodgetts
God of Second Chances - Has
Heart of Jesus, Heart of Mercy - Herry
Hold us in Your Mercy - Callinan
Let us be Love - Bergin
Let Your Mercy Be on Us (Psalm 33) - Haugen
Let Your Mercy Wash Over Us - Thomson
Lord Show us Your Mercy - Cotter
Merciful God - Getty / Townshend
Misericordes sicut Pater! Costa/ Inwood
The official Jubilee Year song (words by Eugenio Costa SJ, tune by Paul Inwood) is copyright to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. However it is likely that it can be freely used for the purpose of the Jubilee Year. Links to relevant files:
- Sheet music in English (English / Latin)
- Words in Italian / Latin (the original combination)
- MP3 file (ie audio) (in Italian / Latin)
- YouTube video (in Italian / Latin)
- Various versions of the score - released by the composer
Never Been Born - Fortuna
O Father I Know I can Count on your Mercy - Boschetti
Remember Your Love - Ducote and Daigle
Remember Your Mercies - Haas
Table of Plenty (You are salt for the earth) - Schutte
The Lord is Compassion and Love - Honest
The Lord is Kind and Merciful (Psalm 103) - settings by Haugen, Cotter, Willcock - and many others
With the Lord There is Mercy (Psalm 130) - settings by Dunne, Haugen
Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.