Hymns for World Day of the Poor

This is a selection of hymns suggestions for World Day of the Poor.

The hymn suggestions below are either directly about poverty or social justice issues, or about recognising the dignity of all human beings no matter what their economic status.


About World Day of the Poor

This day was instituted in 2016 by Pope Francis, at the end of the Year of Mercy. It invites Christians to see people who are poor not simply as recipients of charity, but as human beings who we have an on-going relationship with, and as people who have a particular insight into the Gospel.

There are no specific readings or prayers for the day - rather the ones for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time are used.

The Pope's message for the first World Day of the Poor is available here.

For 2017, the Caritas Social Action Network of England and Wales has prepared some liturgy resources.



Suggested free-use hymns

Blest are the Poor in Heart

In Christ there is no East or West

Savior How Few There Are - Charles Wesley

The Poor as Jesus’ Bosom-Friends - Charles Wesley

Which of the Christians of Now? - Charles Wesley

I am still looking for other free-use hymns which may be suitable.   If you have any suggestions, please leave a message in the Comments box a the bottom of the page.



Suggested hymns which may still be copyright

A Touching Place - Bell

All are Welcome - Haugen

And They'll Know we are Christians - Scholtes

Beauty for Brokenness - Kendrick
Bread for the World – Farrell

Called to Shed Light - Fawcett

Christ be our Light – Bernadette Farrell

Christ is our King - White

Come to the Water (O let all who thirst) – Foley

For the Healing of the Nations - Kaan

Gather Your People O Lord – Hurd

Give me Ears - Smith

Heaven Shall not Wait - Bell / Maule

Jesus Christ is Waiting - Bell

Let Justice Roll Down Like a River - Murray / Gibson

O God who Gives the Fertile Seed - Dudley-Smith

Remember Me - Wise

Return to God - Haugen

Servant Song - Gillard

Sent by the Lord am I - Maldonado

Take my Hands Lord - Rizza

Tell out my Soul - Timothy Dudley-Smith

The Cry of the Poor - Foley

The Kingdom of God is Justice and Peace – Taizé

The Magnificat  - various settings

There's a Spirit in the Air - Wren

Till all the Jails are Empty - Daw

Whatsoever You Do - Jabusch

When I Needed a Neighbour - Carter

Within the Reign of God - Haugen



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