Songs about the miracle of Loaves and Fishes / Feeding of the Five Thousand

This is a selection of hymns and songs based directly on the miracle of feeding the five thousand, aka the miracle of loaves and fishes.

It does not include hymns about other topics which can be inferred from the parable, just ones which relate directly to it.

The list is grouped into two sections:
  • Free-use (either copyright has expired, or the author has allowed them to be freely used)
  • Still subject to copyright and so can only be used if you are covered by a copyright license.

Both children's and adults hymns / songs are included in each list - because except for the youngest of children, it is is difficult to draw a clear distinction between them.


About the Miracle of Feeding of the Five Thousand

This story is told in all four Gospels:
  • Matthew 14:15-21; 15:32-38
  • Mark 6:35-44; 8:1-10
  • Luke 9:12-17
  • John 6:4-13
In each of the accounts, Jesus is faced with providing food for a great crowd - 5000 men, plus women and children.   The only resources available are  five loaves and two fish.   Jesus blessed this food and shares it - and there is enough for everyone, with baskets of leftovers.


Songs and hymns which can be freely used

Break Thou the Bread of Life

Grant us Dear Lord Our Daily Bread

My Shepherd will Supply my Need

O Where is He that Trod the Sea (Verse 4)

Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life



Hymns and songs which may still be copyright

Bread of Life from Heaven - Brielh and Cortez

Come to the Feast / Ven al Banquete - Hurd, Moriarty and Cortez

Crowds Followed You - Colvin

Five Barley Loaves - Pulkingham (for children)

Five Little Loaves, Two Little Fishes - (video) - Featherstone

Five Loaves and Two Fish - May (video)

For the Crowd of Thousands - Kaan

Gather Around for the Table is Spread - Holloway

Gather Up the Scattered Fragments - Daw

Hunger in Their Souls - Prigge

In Cana at a Wedding Feast - Gillette - Tune: ELLACOMBE

Jesus Fed 5000 Men (parody of 5000 Miles - video - author uknown, released by OneWay)

Let us Talents and Tongues Employ - Kann

Lord God Your Love has Called us Here - Wren (verse 4)

One Basket - for children - video - author unknown, releasesd by Gospel Light VBS

Sing of Andrew John's Disciple - Daw

The Church of Christ in Every Age - Pratt Green (verse 4)

The Wedding Guests were Waiting - Keithahn (verse 3)

Two Little Fishes And Five Loaves Of Bread - Ylvisaker

We Come with Joy- Dufner

Where Is Bread? - Gillette, tune: ABBOT'S LEIGH



Resources for church-music selection



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