Hymn suggestions - Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord's Passion

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the Good Friday Celebration of the Lord's Passion.

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

A small list of particularly-relevant hymns that are still copyright is also included.

Seasonal note

The service of the Lord's Passion is the second day of the Easter Triduum, which starts with Holy Thursday and ends with the Easter Vigil on Saturday night.

Many of these hymns could also be used for Stations of the Cross.


First: Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 - As the crowds were appalled on seeing him ... like a sapling he grew in front of us ... a man of sorrows ... yet ours were the sufferings he bore.

Psalm: 30 - Father into your hands I commend my spirit / In you O Lord I take refuge / In the face of my foes / I trust in you Lord / Let your face shine on your servant.

Second: Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9 -In Jesus we have the supreme High Priest, who learnt to obey through suffering.

Gospel: John 18:1 - 19:42 - The Passion:  Jesus leaving he garden, telling the soldiers he was the one being looked for, arrested, denied three times by Peter, taken before the High Priest and then Pilate, crucified, handing Mary into John's care, dying, having his side pierced, being laid in the tomb.


Jesus suffering and death.

Free-use hymns

Ahh, Holy Jesus, How has Thou Offended?

All ye who Seek a Comfort Sure

At the Cross her Station Keeping

Glory be to Jesus

Go to Dark Gethsemane

Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley

Let all that is Within Me Cry "Holy"

My God I Love Thee

My Song is Love Unknown

O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile

O Cross of Christ, Immortal Tree  (omit the last verse)

O Dearest Lord Thy Sacred Head

O Sacred Head Sore Wounded

On the Holy Cross I See

Praise to the Holiest in the Heights

Sabat Mater

Sing my Tongue the Glorious Battle

The Regal Dark Mysterious Cross

The Royal Banners Forward Go

There is a Green Hill Far Away

Were you There when They Crucified my Lord

What Wondrous Love

When I Survey the Wonderous Cross

When Jesus Wept - Billings (ref)

Hymns that may still be copyright

Above All - Baloche

All You Who Pass this Way - Taizé

Behold the Cross - Hurd (ref)

Calvary - Watt (ref)

Crucem Tuam - Taizé

From the Wounds of Christ - Zaragosa  (ref)

In Manus Tuas, Pater - Taize (ref)

Lift High the Cross

Jesus Remember Me - Taizé

My Soul is Sad - Leftley

No Greater Love - Schoenbachler (ref)

O Jesus Crucified - McAuley (ref)

O Sacred Head Ill-Used - Knox

The Lord is Now Exalted - Stotter (ref)

The Old Rugged Cross

The Reproaches:  settings by Andersen, Lundy - and there are many others

The Seven Last Words from the Cross - Quigley (ref)

We Acclaim the Cross of Jesus - Siwek

When the Son of God was Dying - Bell

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