Hymn suggestions for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

A list of suggested hymns and songs suitable for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.   The number of these hymns which are suitable for Christian unity services is limited, so a number of still-copyright hymns are are also listed.

Seasonal note

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is one of a number of days and weeks in which people are asked to pray for particular needs.   It has been observed since 1894, initially by the Church of England but joined by the Roman Catholic Church in 1895 following a worldwide request of Pope Leo XIII.   Leo established it as a novena “in perpetuity" in 1897 (in "Divinum illud munus”).  

Since 1908 the octave has been observed in January dates starting on the date of the (now former) feast of the Confession (or Chair) of St. Peter and ending on the Feast of the Conversion St. Paul.

The Catholic lectionary has suggested readings for Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, one of which is Unity of Christians, and these are given below.  The hymn suggestions are based on these readings, and also on the general themes of Christian unity.


First  Ezekiel 36:24-28  - The Lord says "I am going to take you from among the nations .. and bring you home ... I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you ... You shall be my people and I will be your God.

Psalm 22  - The Lord is my shepherd there is nothing I shall want / He guides me along the right path / You have prepared a banquet for me / Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me.

Second Ephesians 4:30 - 5:2 -  Do not grieve the Holy Spirit ... who has marked you with his seal ... Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as God forgave you in Christ..

Gospel  John 17:20-26  -  Jesus prays for the disciples, and for those who will believe in him through the words of the disciples ... May they all be one in us as you are in me and I am in you.

Free-use hymn suggestions

At Thy First Eucharist

Beloved Let Us Love

Hail to the Lord's Anointed

In Christ There is no East or West

Let us Break Bread Together on our Knees

Of the Father's Love Begotten

The Church's One Foundation

The Lord's my Shepherd

We are Gathering Together Unto Him

We are Many we are One

Your Hand O Lord has Guided

Suggested hymns that are still copyright

All Are Welcome - Haugen

And They'll Know We Are Christians - Scholtes

Bind Us Together - Teach Me Lord to Wait - Gillman

Companions on the Journey - Carey Landry

Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race - Duck

For the Healing of the Nations - Kaan

Forth In the Peace of Christ We Go - Quinn

In Christ There is a Table Set for All - Stamps

Make Us One - One Communion of Love - Marchionda

O Christ the Great Foundation - Lew

One Spirit, One Church - Quinlivan/Keil

Seek O Seek the Lord - McAuley

Ubi caritas - Taizé

We Are Many Parts - Haugen

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: please leave a comment below.

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