Hymns for the feast of Christ the King, Year B (21 November 2021)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King (Christ the King), Year B.

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 such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also included.

Seasonal note

The feast of Christ the King is the last Sunday of the Church year - it is equivalent to the 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time.


First: Daniel 7:13-14 - On him was conferred sovereigty, glory and kingship ... all peoples became .. his servants

Psalm: 92 -  The Lord is King, with majesty enrobed / the world made you firm / truly your decrees are to be trusted

Second: Apocalypse 1:5-8 - I am the Alpha and the Omega ... who is, who was and who is to come

Gospel: John 18:33-37  - "Are you king of the Jews?" - Mine is not a kingdom of this world ... yes I am a king, I was born for this


Kingship, the person of Jesus Christ

Free use artwork

See lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.

Free-use hymns

All Glory Laud and Honour

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

Alleluia Sing to Jesus

At the Name of Jesus

Come Christians Join to Sing

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Glorious things of You / Thee are Spoken

He is King of Kings

Holy is the Lord

Jesus Shall Reign Where'r the Sun

Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Let all the World in Every Corner Sing

O Worship the King

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Praise to the Lord

Rejoice the Lord is King

Soon and Very Soon

The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns

The King of Love my Shepherd Is

The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns

Hymns that may still be copyright

At the Sound - Ndolo / Seay

Alpha and Omega - Warner / Sanders

Blessings on the King - Andersen

Christ Is Lord - Walthers

Christ is the King O Friends Rejoice - Bell

Come, Let Us Worship the King - Bradley

Come to Jerusalem - Dean

He Is Exalted - Paris

Hosanna - Brooke Ligertwood

Hosanna, Hosanna - Tuttle

How Great is Our God - Tomlin/Reeves/Cash

How Great Thou Art - Hine

Hymn to Christ the King - Hart, Blakesley, Kroger and Ndolo (ref)

King of Kings and Lord of Lords - Batya and Conty

Lift High the Cross

Majesty - Hayford

Make Way - Kendrick

The King of Glory Comes - Jabusch

The Name of Jesus - Flynn/Thomas

Our God Reigns - Smith

Whatever You Do - John Angotti

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