Hymn suggestions for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, 29 June

A selection hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

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 which are, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).


First:  Acts 12:1-11 - Peter is imprisoned by King Herod, but the church prays fervently and an angel sets him free so he can continue leading the church.

Psalm 33  - From all my terrors the Lord set me free / I will bless the Lord at all times / Glorify the Lord with me / Look towards him and be radiant / An angel of the Lord is encamped.

Second:  II Timothy 4: 6-8, 17-18- Paul's reflections on the crown promised everyone who servers God: ... I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ... The Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be proclaimed.

Gospel:  Matthew 16:13-19 - Jesus asks “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” ... “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” ... “But who do you say that I am?” ...Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” ... you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.


The legacy of Peter and Paul
God’s power to transform and redirect our lives.
Authority - Petrine leadership
Saint Paul – Peter's successor.
Leadership: the need for both formal consistent, Petrine leadership and charismatic, personal and inspirational leadership of people like Paul.
Praying for the Peters and Pauls of today’s church,
Treasuring the faith and passing it on to others.

Free-use hymns

Christian Do You Hear the Lord (only the original version is public domain)

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Faith of our Fathers

Father we Thank Thee Who Hast Planted

Feed my Lambs

Fight the Good Fight

For all the Saints  (common tune is still copyright - others aren't)

From all thy Saints in Warfare

Full in the Panting Heart of Rome (God bless our pope)

Give me the Wings of Faith

How Firm a Foundation

It Is No Earthly Summer's Ray - Faber

Into a World of Darkness

Let all on Earth Their Voices Raise

Prince of the Apostles

Sing with all the Saints in Glory

Take up your Cross

The Beauteous Light of God’s Eternal Majesty

The Church's One Foundation

The Eternal Gifts of Christ the King - Neale

To be a Pilgrim

We Walk by Faith

With Golden Splendour

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Your Hand O Lord has Guided

Hymns that are or may be copyright

All that is Hidden - Farrell

Awake Awake Fling off the Night

Blest Day by Suffering Sanctified - Pluth (ref)

Bonum est Confidere (Taizé) 

Build, Build your Church - Mayhew

Do You Really Love Me - Landry

Dominus Jesus Christus (Taizé)

Give thanks for Christ's Apostles - Stanbrook Abbey

God has Chosen Me -Farrell

If God is for Us

Into a World of Darkness - Lee

Let Nothing Trouble You - Farrell

Lord, you give the Great Commission - Rowthorn

Lord, you have Come to the Lakeside/Seashore

O Light of Dawn - Pluth (ref)

O Peter, you were Named by Christ - Stanbrook Abbey

Sing we Now the Glorious Martyrs - Glen

The Son of Man - Pluth (ref)

The Summons [Will you come and follow me]

Two Stalwart Trees Both Rooted - LeCroy 

What Fairer Light - Knox

Who Honours Courage Here - Sayward

Wouldst Thou a Patron See - Knox

More resources for church-music selection ....

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