Hymns for the Transfiguration of the Lord, Year A, B and C (6 August) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Year A, B and C.

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).

Although there is a different gospel reading each year, they all tell the same story, and the other readings are the same for every year.    Thus only one set of hymn suggestions is provided for all three years of the liturgical calendar for this feast.


First:  Daniel: 7:9-10, 13-14 - the prophet sees a vision on the clouds of heaven: One like a son of man presented to one of great age who is on thrones and waited on by a thousand thousand.   On the younger man was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship.

Psalm 96  -  The Lord is King, most high above all the earth / The Lord is king let earth rejoice / The mountains melt like wax / For you indeed are the Lord.

Second:   2 Peter 1:16-19 - The transfiguration of Jesus, which we ourselves heard and saw, confirmed the prophesies.   So you will be right to depend on them until the dawn comes.

Year A - Matthew 17:1-9
Year B - Mark 9: 2-10
Year C - Luke 9:28-36
Jesus takes Peter, James and John to a high mountain to pray, and there he is transfigured - Moses and Elijah appeared - a voice from the clouds says "This is my Son, the Beloved".


Jesus as the completion of the law and prophets.   Jesus - son of God, my beloved.   Kingship. Radical transformation. Do not be afraid.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

Alleluia Sing to Jesus

At the Name of Jesus

Be Thou my Vision

Beautiful Saviour - Seiss

Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Eternal is Your Promise Lord

I'd Rather Have Jesus

Immortal Invisible God Only Wise

Let the Heav'nly Light Shine on Me

Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

O Worship the King

Rejoice the Lord is King

The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns

The King Shall Come when Morning Dawns

'Tis Good Lord to be Here

O Wondrous Type O Vision Fair

Hymns which may still be copyright

Be Still for the Presence - Evans

Christ is the World's Light - Pratt-Green

Christ Upon the Mountain Peak - Wren

God's Holy Mountain we Ascend - Westendorf

Here in this Holy Time and Place - Forster

Hymn for the Transfiguration - Pluth

In our Midst - unknown

King of Kings and Lord of Lords - Batya and Conty

O Raise Your Eyes on High and See - Wright

Only a Shadow

Shine Jesus Shine

The Light of Christ

Song of the Transfiguration - Dunstan (Tune: PICARDY, aka Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence)

This is my Son, my Beloved - Powell

Transfiguration (We behold the splendour of God)

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