Hymns for the Feast of Christ the King, Year C (20 Nov 2022) - Catholic lectionary

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 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 that are still copyright be included if they are particularly appropriate.

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: Samuel 5: 1-3 - David is anointed king of Israel, in the presence of the Lord.

Psalm 121 : I rejoiced when I heard them say "Let us go to God's house" / Jerusalem is built as a city / For Israel's law it is. 

Second: Colossians 1: 12-20 : Thanks to the Father who made it possible for us to join the saints and inherit the light ... he has created a place for us in Christ's kingdom.  ... Christ is .. the image of the unseen God, in him all things were created.

Gospel: Luke 23: 35-43 - The events when Jesus in hanging on the cross, and the people and soldiers mocked him "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself".   One of the criminals hanged defended him and asked "Jesus remember me, when you come into your kingdom".


God's kingdom.   Jesus Christ who brings us out of darkness into the light of his kingdom.

Art for this week

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 Thou Almighty King

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus

Immortal Invisible God Only Wise

Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun

Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

O Christ our Hope Our Heart's Desire

Praise to the Lord

Praise the Lord Through Every Nation

Rejoice the Lord is King

Ride on King Jesus

Sing my Tongue the Song of Triumph

The King of Love my Shepherd Is

The King Shall Come when Morning Dawns

Wake the Song of Jubilee

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Hymns which may still be copyright

Blessings on the King - Andersen

Hail Redeemer King Divine - Brennan

Here I am to Worship

Jesus Remember Me - Taizé

King of Kings and Lord of Lords - Batya and Conty

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