Hymns for Palm Sunday / the 6th Sunday of Lent - Year A (2 April 2023)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday, Year A.

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 may also be included - clearly labelled.


Psalm blessing and procession readings

Matthew 21:1-11 - Jesus sends the disciples ahead to Jerusalem to get a donkey and a colt for him.  Jesus rides on it into Jerusalem, greeted by the people spreading their garments on the road, waving palms and singing "Hosanna to the Son of David ..."

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: 4-5 - 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: Matthew 26:14 - 27:66,  - The Passion, from Judas making a deal with the cheif priests to betray Jesus to them, through to Joseph of Arimathea being given Jesus body, and the Pharisees getting permission to put a special guard at the tomb.


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 today 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

Were You There

What Wondrous Love is This

You are Lord

Hymns that may still be copyright 

Blessings on the King - Andersen

Blessings on the King - Ellis and Lynch

Come to Jerusalem - Dean

Hail Redeemer King Divine - Brennan

His State was Divine - Andersen

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

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