Hymns for the feast of St Thérèse of Lisieux (1 October)

This is a list of English-language hymns for the Feast of St Thérèse of Lisieux, which is celebrated on 1 October.

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.  And although 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).

About St Therese

Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin was born in 1873.   After many struggles, she became a Discalced Carmelite (OCD) nun, and developed the "Little Way" - an approach to holiness based on smallness.

She is officially known as Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, and popular names for her include "The Little Flower of Jesus" or simply "The Little Flower".   She became an influential model of holiness because of the
 "simplicity and practicality of her approach to the spiritual life". 


"The Story of a Soul " is a collection of her autobiographical manuscripts, which was published after her death in 1897, and it made her one of the most popular saints of the 20th century.

Because she lived so recently, many of the hymns directly about Therese are still copyright - but there are some older (and so public domain) hymns that reflect themes from her life.   There are also a few hymns in popular use, for which the author is unknown.

Free-use hymns

Lord, it Belongs not to my Care - Richard Baxter, 1681.  Sung to LORD FOR THY TENDER MERCY'S SAKE

More Love to Thee, O Christ  -    Eliz­a­beth P. Pren­tiss, 1856.  Sung to WILMINGTON

There Shall be Showers of Blessings

Hymns which may be or are still copyright

A Rose Unpetalled - Knox

A Song of St Therese

Canticle of Love

Canticle of Love (How great and tender) - video

Children of the Rose - Dan Rutledge

Chosen Flower, Rose of Love - Thompson, sung to ODE TO JOY

From Clear High Mansions Above

God of Tenderness and Mercy - James Michael Thompson, sung to NETTLETON

Hymn to St Therese

Hymn to St Therese, the Little Flower - video

Little Flower of Heaven - author unknown

My Song of Today - Mike Stanley
Please Send Another Rose - Dan Rutledge

St Theresa of the Roses - Remus Harris and Arthur Strauss

The Rose we Need Today

More resources for church-music selection ....

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