Hymns about Peace

A selection of hymns and songs about peace.   These may be used on International Day of Peace (21 September), Peacemaking Sunday (the closest Sunday to 21 September) or at any other peace-themed liturgies or church-services.

Some are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) songs and hymns - meaning that the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing.  But because many such hymns are are old/traditional, there is a second section with lists hymns about peace which may still be copyright.

Hymns about peace take various forms.   They may:
  • Petition God, asking for healing / peace / justice in specific situations
  • Thank or praise God for peace
  • Ask for help with peace-making activities
  • Name and raise awareness of justice issues which are known to stir up the opposite of peaceful relationships between people.
  • Reflect on aspects of peace.
No attempt to has been made to categorise the lists below.

There are a number of songs which have a simple structure, with most words the same in every verse except for a particular quality (eg joy, love, hope, peace).   These aren't included, except where they are specifically associated firstly with peace.

Free-use hymns about peace

Behold the Mountain of the Lord

Dona Nobis Pacem

His Banner over me is Love (verse 2)

In Christ There Is No East Or West

Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun (verse 4)

Like a River Glorious - Frances Ridley Havergal

Lord Make me an Instrument of Peace (tune O WALY WALY)

O God of Love O King of Peace

O Perfect Love

Peace is Flowing Like a River

Peace it is I

Peace Like a River

Peace Perfect Peace (in this dark world of sin)

Saviour Again to Thy Dear Name we Raise

Shalom my Friend

Sing with all the Saints in Glory

The Peace of the Earth

The Vine and Fig Tree

Hymns about peace which may still be copyright

A Hymn of Peace (This is my song) - Stone

Behold a Broken World - Dudley-Smith

Bring Peace to Earth Again - Stuempfle

Called to Shed Light - Fawcett

Calm me Lord - Adam

Christ be our Light - Farrell

Come and Find the Quiet Centre- Murray

For the healing of the Nations - Kaan

Forth in the Peace of Christ we Go - Quinn

Gather Around for the Table is Spread - Hollowway

Give me Peace O Lord - White

Go in Peace - Nazareth

God be With You Till we Meet Again- Hughes

God of Mercy You Have Shown Us - Gilette

Hail the Long-awaited Son - Pluth

I'll go with You to the End of the World - Watcyn-Jones

In the Lord is my Joy - Rizza

Lay Your Hands - Landry

Lest we Forget - Forster

Let There Be Peace On Earth - Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller

Lord Make me a Means of Your Peace - Foley

Lord Make me an Instrument of Thy Peace - O'Hare

My Peace I Leave You

My Soul is Longing for Your Peace - Deiss

O Day of Peace that Dimly Shines - Daw

O God of Love - Bolduc

O God who Gives the Fertile Seed - Dudley-Smith (verses 2 and 4)

One more Step along the World I Go - Carter

Peace I Leave with You - Madden

Peace I Leave with You (You are my Friend) - unknown

Peace in the Valley - Dorsey

Peace is the Gift - Glynn

Peace Perfect Peace - Mayhew

Prayer of St Francis (Make me a channel of your peace) - Temple

Put Peace into Each Other’s Hands - Kaan  (sung to ST COLUMBA)

Save Us, Lord, from War’s Illusions - Garland - tune BEACHSPRING

Show me how to Stand for Justice - Leckebusch

Take the Word of God with You - Harrison

The Peace of God - Farrell

When I Needed a Neighbour - Carter

When our Song Says Peace - Leach

This we can do for Justice and for Peace - Wren

You are the Bread of Life - Leckebusch

You Lord are in This Place - David Adam

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

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