Hymns for Easter Sunday, Years A, B and C (31 March 2024) - Catholic lectionary

Hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for Easter Sunday, Years A, B and C.

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 which are, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

6th Sunday of Lent (Palm Sunday):
Year A
Year B
Year C

2nd Sunday of Easter:
Year A
Year B
Year C


First: Acts 10:34, 37-43 - Peter gives Cornelius an eyewitness account of Jesus:  his life and work, his death and his resurrection.

Psalm: 117 - This day was made by the Lord, we rejoice and are glad / Give thanks to the Lord / The Lord's right hand has triumphed / The stone which the builders rejected.

Second: Colossians 3:1-4 - Let your thoughts be on heavenly things - now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God.

John 20:1-9 - Mary of Magdala discovers that the tomb is open, she tells the disciples and they go to the tomb .. he saw and understood and believed.

OR - the Mass Gospel from the Easter Vigil


Resurrection, life out of death, rejoicing, alleluia.

Free artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All Creatures of our God and King

Alleluia, Sing to Jesus

At the Lamb's High Feast we Sing

Bring All ye Dear Bought Nations

Christ the Lord is Risen

Christ the Lord is Risen Today - Wesley

Come and Drink of that New River

Come Christians Join to Sing

Come Ye Faithful Raise the Strain

Glorious Things of You are Spoken

Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise

Hail Thee Festive Day

He is Lord

Let us with a Gladsome Mind

Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Joyful Joyful we Adore Thee

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Sing of Christ, Proclaim his Glory

That Easter Day with Joy was Bright

The Day of Resurrection

The Easter Song (My Lord he Died for a Kingdom)

They Crucified my Saviour and Nailed Him to the Cross

Thine be the Glory

This Joyful Eastertide

Thou Whose Almighty Word

Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem

Hymns which may still be copyright

City of God - Schutte

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  1. O Sons and Daughters [O FILII ET FILIAE] should be included for both Easter Day and the second Sunday of Easter as it is one of the best known traditional Easter hymns and is included in most Catholic hymnals.

    1. Thanks Chris, I've added it to the list for the 2nd Sunday of Easter where it's a particularly good fit with the lectionary because of the verses about Thomas.


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