Hymns for the solemnity of the Ascension, Year B (9 May or 12 May 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Year B.

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).

Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.

Seasonal Note

In some countries, the Ascension is celebrated on a Sunday, while in others it is a mid-week feast and the 7th Sunday of Easter is also observed. See your local liturgical calendar for details.


First: Acts 1:1-11 - Forty days after the resurrection, the apostles.asked Jesus if the time had come.  He told them it was for them to know the Father's timeframes, but promised they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them.   After this, he was lifted up and a cloud took him from their sight - and two angels promised that he will one day return the same way.

Psalm 46  - The Lord goes up with shouts of joy, the Lord goes up with trumpet blast / All peoples clap your hands / God goes up with shouts of joy / God is king of all the earth.

Ephesians 1:17-23 -  May God give you a spirit of Wisdom and perception ... God raised him from the dead, and bid him sit at the right far above every soverignty, authority, power or dominion ... the head of the church, which is his body.
Ephesians 4:1-13 - Paul asks the believes to live a life worthy of their vocation - to preserve the peace that binds them together - because there is one Body, one Spirt, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God.  ... and each person in the community has a different gift..

Gospel: Mark 16:15-20 - Jesus sends the Eleven out to the whole world to proclaim the Good News - telling them about the signs associated with believers (gift of tongues, casting out devils, unharmed after drinking poison, etc).  And after this, Jesus was taken up to heaven to the right hand of God.


Christ's eternal glory.   Ascension.   Christ's work continuing in the church.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

All Nations Clap Your Hands

Alleluia Sing to Jesus

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Do not Stand and Stare in Wonder - Woods

Hail, O Once Despised Jesus

Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise

He is Lord

Look Ye Saints the Sight Is Glorious

Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

Psalm 46 - Music for Mass setting

Rejoice the Lord is King- esp verse 4

See the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph

Sing We Triumphant Hymns of Praise

The Churches One Foundation

The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns

We Know That Christ Is Raised and Dies no More

Hymns which may still be copyright

Do Not Stand and Stare in Wonder - Woods

Forth in the Peace of Christ we Go - Quinn

Go Make of all Disciples - Adkins

Go Out in the World - Bolduc

Let the Earth Rejoice and Sing - Farrell

Lift Up Your Hearts, Believers - Dunstan

Lord I Lift Your Name on High -  Founds

Lord You Give the Great Commission  - Rowthorn

New Praises be Given - Knox

One Sacrifice of Christ - Modlin / Feduccia

Praise Him as He Mounts the Skies - Quinn

Why Stare into the Sky? - Collegeville Composers

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1 comment:

  1. Suggest "I will be with you" by Gerald Markland (Copyright 1978 Kevin Mayhew Ltd, Rattlesden, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 0SZ)
    also "Envoi Round" by Bill Tamblyn (Music Copyright 1975 Bill Tamblyn)


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