Hymns for the 2nd Sunday of Easter / Low Sunday - Year A (16 April 2023) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year A.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), so 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 number of hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.

Suggestions about other suitable hymns are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.

Seasonal note - Divine Mercy Sunday

The first Sunday after Easter is the second Sunday in the Easter Season:  Easter Sunday itself is the "1st Sunday of Easter".

Within the universal church calendar, the 2nd Sunday of Easter is dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion.

In some communities, it is known as "Low Sunday" - and has minimal if any music to give choirs and music directors a break after the demands of the Easter Triduum.


First: Acts 2: 42-47  - The whole community remained faithful to the teaching, the brotherhood and to breaking of bread and prayers ... they lived together and owned everything in common ... day by day the Lord added to their community.

Psalm: 117 - Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love had no end / Let the sons of Israel say / I was thrust, thrust down and falling / The stone which the builders rejected.

Second: I Peter 1: 3-9 - Blessed be God .. who in his great mercy has given us new birth ... by raising Jesus Christ from the dead.

Gospel: John 20: 19-31 - Jesus appears to the apostles while they are locked in the upper room.  He wished Peace upon them, and breathed the Holy Spirit on them.   But Thomas was not there, and doubted.   Eight days later, Jesus came back and Thomas saw and believed.   Jesus response;   Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.


Easter joy.  Resurrection.   God's mercy.  Faith.  Community.  Peace / justice.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All Creatures of our God and King

Alleluia Sing to Jesus

Amazing Grace

Draw us in the Spirit's Tether

If you Believe and I Believe

Jesus Stand Among Us

O Breathe of me O Breath of God

Sing with all the Saints in Glory

That Easter Day with Joy was Bright

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

Ye Sons and Daughters of the Lord (Filii et Filiae)

We Walk by Faith

OR   any of the hymns for the Easter season.

Hymns that may still be copyright

Christ be my Leader - Dudley-Smith

Go Tell Everyone - Dale / Roberts

Lord Jesus Christ - Appleford

Sing to the Mountains - Dufford

These Things Did Thomas Count as Real - Troeger

We have a Gospel to Proclaim - Burns

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