Hymns for Palm / Passion Sunday - the 6th Sunday of Lent, Year C ( 14 April 2019)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday, Year 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. A small selection of hymns that are still copyright may also be included - clearly labelled.

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


Psalm blessing and procession readings:

Luke 19:28-40 - Jesus sends the disciples ahead to Jerusalem to get a colt for him because "the Master needs it". Jesus rides on it into Jerusalem, greeted by the people spreading their garments on the road, waving palms and singing "Blessings on the King who comes ..."

Psalm 23: The Lord is the earth and its fullness / who shall climb the mountain of the Lord

Psalm 46: All people clap your hands / He subdues peoples under us

Mass readings:

First: Isaiah 50: 4-7 - The Lord has given me a disciples tongue ... I offered my back to those who struck me.

Psalm: 21 - My God, why have you forsaken me / All who see me deride me / Dogs have surrounded me / They divided my clothing among them.

Second: Philippians 2: 6-11 - His state was divine yet Christ Jesus  ... was humbler yet, even to accepting death on a cross.  But God raised him high.

Gospel: Luke 22:14 - 23:56 - The Passion, from Jesus celebrating the Passover meal, until his body is placed in the tomb by Joseph of Arimathea.


The paradox:  acclaiming Jesus as king, and one week later putting him to death.

Note:  Although the readings cover the full passion story, most of the emphasis in the following list is on Jesus triumphant entrance acclaimed as a king.   See the subsequent days suggestions for more penitential / suffering themes hymns.

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

At the Name of Jesus

All Glory, Laud and Honour

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Crux Fideles

Give me Joy in my Heart keep me Praising

Lift up your Heads ye Mighty Gates

My Song Is Love Unknown

O Cross of Christ, Immortal Tree

O Sacred Head Surrounded

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Ride On, King Jesus

Ride On, Ride on in Majesty

Sing my Tongue the Saviour's Glory

Sing my Tongue the Saviour's Triumph

Tell me the Stories of Jesus

Were You There

What are these Soul-Reviving Strains

What Wondrous Love is This

Hymns that may still be copyright

Blessings on the King - Andersen

Come to Jerusalem - Dean

Hail Redeemer King Divine - Brennan

Hosanna in the Highest - Tuttle

Hosanna to the Son of David - Forde / Sharp

Lift High the Cross

Make Way Make Way - Kendrick

The Palms - Fauré

We have a King who Rides on a Donkey - Kaan

See also

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.

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  1. My Soul Is Sad - Unknown
    Don't Walk Away My Friend. - Unknown

  2. My soul is sad is written by Francesca Leftley.


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