Hymns for World Day of the Sick and the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes - 11 February

This is A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) English-language hymns and song suggestions for World Day of the Sick and the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

"Free-to-use" means the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.  A small selection of hymns which are still copyright re also included.

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.

About Our Lady of Lourdes

At Lourdes in France, Mary appeared to a young girl in 1858, under the title "the Immaculate Conception". Today, Lourdes is a place of pilgrimage, faith and healing, and 11 February is an "optional memorial" feast day for Our Lady of Lourdes.

World Day for the Sick was instituted in 1992, as a day for remembering the sick and those who care for them.

Because it is a fixed date (11 Feb), the readings for the day vary.  Therefore the hymn suggestions below are based on the general themes of Lourdes and caring for the sick, rather than any particular lectionary readings.   This can be quite a challenging theme, because of the very wide range of situations that sick people and their caregivers may be in  (terminal illness, chronic illness, short-term situations).


Lourdes - Suffering, Making communities and civil society more sensitive to people who are sick.
Caring for caregivers.

Free-use Hymns

Lourdes-specific hymns

The Bells of the Angelus

Hail all Hail Great Queen of Heaven

Immaculate Mary / Mother

General health / healing / sickness / caregiving focussed hymns:\

A New Commandment

Abide with Me

At Even, ere the Sun was Set - Twells

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