Hymns for New Year / New Years Eve

This is a selection of hymns suitable for New Year or New Year's Eve.

There are some challenges with suggesting hymns for New Year:   the church's year starts in Advent which is a time of preparation for the coming of the Christ-child.   The turn-of-the-year observation is purely based on the secular rather than the spiritual sense of new-beginnings.   Nevertheless, there is clearly a long-standing desire to mark the event, and a number of hymns have been written which focus on this without being especially suitable for Advent.   These hymns, and others about new beginnings, are the basis of the list below.

Other suggestions come from events in the liturgical calendar for particular denominations, eg Roman Catholics observe the Feast of Mary Mother of God on New Year's Day, some Anglicans observe the Holy Name of Jesus, while the Revised Common Lectionary simply lists it as New Year's Day




Suggested free-use hymns

A Year Of Precious Blessings - Crosby

Across The Sky The Shades Of Night - Hamilton (for Northern Hemiphere use only)

All Beautiful the March of Days  - Wile

All my Hope on God is Founded - Bridges

All People that on Earth do Dwell - Kethe

Another Year Completed - Riley

Another Year Is Dawning - Havergal

Come Let us Anew our Journey Pursue - Wesley

Father, let me [here we] Dedicate  - Tuttiett

For Thy Mercy and Thy Grace - Downton

From Glory Unto Glory - Havergal

God is Working His Purpose Out - Ainger

Great God we Sing Your Mighty Hand - Doddridge

Hark how Time’s Wide Sounding Bell - Newton

Help us O Lord Behold we Enter - Winkworth

I’ll Count my Blessings - Breck
New Year's Hymn (Stand at the portal) - Havergal

Now Let us Come Before Him - Kelly

O Lord Our Father Thanks to Thee - Crull

Oh Rejoice ye Christians, Loudly - Winkworth (verse 4)

Our Festive Song (We welcome with delight) - Crosby

Our God our Help in ages Past

Ring out the old Ring in the New - Tennyson

See Another Year is Gone - Newton

Sing To The Great Jehovah’s Praise - Wesley

The Old Year now hath Passed Away - Winkworth

The Year Is Gone, Beyond Recall  - Pott

Time by Moments Steals Away - Newton

To God the Anthem Raising - Doving

While with Ceaseless Course the Sun - Newton



Suggested hymns which may still be copyright


As the Old Year Passes - MacGregor. Tune - Noel Nouvelet. (ref)

Behold I Make all things New - Bell

Canticle of the Turning- Cooney

Everything New - Prigge (ref)

God How Many Are A Thousand - Gillette (8.7.8.7 D - suggested tune AUSTRIAN HYMN ie one used for “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”)

In the Bulb there is a Flower - Sleeth

Lord for the Years - Dudley-Smith

O Lord all the World Belongs to You - Appleford

On This Day of Celebration - Gillette - 8.7.8.7 D - suggested tune ODE TO JOY, ie one used for “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”).

One More Step Along the World I Go - Carter

Sing to the World - Sinclair (ref)

The God of all Eternity - Bell



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