Hymns for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A (26 April 2020)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the  3rd Sunday of Easter, 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 of these hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright may be included, where they are particularly relevant to the theme.


First: Acts 2:14, 22-23 - Peter addressed the crowd at Pentecost, comparing Jesus with the patriarch David:   God raised this man Jesus to life and caused him to receive the Holy Spirit, whereas we have David's tomb with us.

Psalm: 15 - Show us, Lord, the path of life / Preserve me God I take refuge in you / I will bless the Lord who gives me council / And so my heart rejoices my soul is glad / You will show me the path of life.

Second: I Peter 1:17-21 - Through Christ you now have faith in God who raised him from the dead and gave him glory for that very reason.

Gospel: John 24: 13-35 - Jesus appears to the disciples on the road to Emmaus - they recognised him at the breaking of bread.


The person of Christ who is our guide and pathway.   Resurrection.   Faith.    Recognising Jesus in the breaking of bread.   Eucharist.

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

At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing

Be Known to us in Breaking Bread

Bring all Ye Dear Brought Nations

Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands

Draw us in the Spirit's Tether

Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

Jesus Himself Drew Near

O Thou Who This Mysterious Bread

Let Us Break Bread Together

Psalm 15 - Music for Mass setting - see the Common Psalms for the Easter season

Rejoice the Lord is King

Shepherd of Souls

That Eastertide with Joy Was Bright

This Joyful Eastertide

We Walk by Faith

Hymns which may still be copyright

Alleluia Jesus is Risen - Brokering

Are not our Hearts - Landry

As we Walk Along Beside You - Perry

God and Man at Table are Sat Down - Stamps

In the Breaking of the Bread - Hurd / Downey

In the Garden Mary Lingers (esp verse 2) - Leckebusch

On the Journey to Emmaus - Haugen  (tune is public domain)

Open our Eyes Lord - various settings

Poorman’s Heart - Schiemer (ref)

Tell me Friends why you Look so Troubled - Jimenez / Bringle

Two were Bound for Emmaus - Hurd

Three Days - Ridge

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