Hymns for the Easter season

A selection of hymns and songs, focussing on Jesus' resurrection, that are suitable for the whole Easter season, ie the weeks between Easter Sunday and Pentecost.    

Hymns that are only suitable for Easter/ Resurrection Sunday are not included here: see Hymn-suggestions for Easter Sunday for them.

Most of these suggestions 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 fit for the whole season.



Suggested free-use hymns

Alleluia Alleluia (Hearts to heaven and voices raise)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Let The Holy Anthem Rise

Alleluia Sing to Jesus

At The Lamb's High Feast We Sing

Awake Arise Lift up Your Voice

Be Joyful, Mary

Bring all Ye Dear Bought Nations

Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands

Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain

Easter Song (He Rose from the Dead) - unknown

Hail, Thou Once-Despised Jesus

Hilariter (The whole bright world rejoices now)

I Know that My Redeemer Lives

Jesus Lives, Thy Terrors Now

Let Hymns of Grief to Joy Succeed

Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

Love's Redeeming Work Is Done

O Filii et Filiae

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Sing of Christ, Proclaim his Glory

Sing with All the Saints in Glory

That Eastertide with Joy Was Bright

The Day of Resurrection

The Strife is O'er

Thine be the Glory

This Joyful Eastertide

Ye Choirs of new Jerusalem

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones



Hymns which are or may still be copyright

All Heaven Declares - Richards

Alleluia, Alleluia Give Thanks to the Risen Lord - Fishel

Come Christians All Rejoice and Sing - Petti

Easter Song, (My Lord he died for a kingdom) - unknown

From the Very Depths of Darkness - Forster

God has Spoken by His Prophets - Briggs

He is Risen Tell the Story - Jabusch

Jesus is Lord Creation's Voice Proclaims It - Mansell

Jesus Rose on Easter Day - Lundy

Let the Heavens be Glad - Feiten

Lord of the Dance - Carter

Now the Green Blade Riseth - Crum

This is the Day - Garrett

Through the Red Sea Brought at Last - Knox

We are the Easter People - Leigh and Sharpe




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


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