Hymns for World Day of the Poor

This is a selection of hymns suggestions for World Day of the Poor.

The hymn suggestions below are either directly about poverty or social justice issues, or about recognising the dignity of all human beings no matter what their economic status.

About World Day of the Poor

This day was instituted in 2016 by Pope Francis, at the end of the Year of Mercy. It invites Christians to see people who are poor not simply as recipients of charity, but as human beings who we have an on-going relationship with, and as people who have a particular insight into the Gospel.

There are no specific readings or prayers for the day - rather the ones for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time are used.

The Pope's message for the first World Day of the Poor is available here.

For 2017, the Caritas Social Action Network of England and Wales has prepared some liturgy resources.

Free-use hymns

Blest are the Poor in Heart

In Christ there is no East or West

Savior How Few There Are - Charles Wesley

The Poor as Jesus’ Bosom-Friends - Charles Wesley

Which of the Christians of Now? - Charles Wesley

I am still looking for other free-use hymns which may be suitable.   If you have any suggestions, please leave a message in the Comments box at the bottom of the page.

Hymns that may still be copyright

A Touching Place - Bell

Abundant Life - Haugen

All are Welcome - Haugen

And They'll Know we are Christians

Beauty for Brokenness

Bread for the World 

Called to Shed Light - Fawcett

Christ be our Light

Christ is our King

Come to the Water (O let all who thirst) – Foley

For the Healing of the Nations - Kaan

Gather Your People O Lord

Give me Ears

Heaven Shall not Wait - Bell / Maule

Jesus Christ is Waiting - Bell

Let Justice Roll Down Like a River - Murray / Gibson

O God who Gives the Fertile Seed - Dudley-Smith

Remember Me 

Return to God - Haugen

Servant Song

Sent by the Lord am I - Maldonado

Take my Hands Lord - Rizza

Tell out my Soul

The Cry of the Poor - Foley

The Kingdom of God is Justice and Peace – Taizé

The Magnificat  - various settings

There's a Spirit in the Air - Wren

Till all the Jails are Empty - Daw

Whatsoever You Do

When I Needed a Neighbour

Within the Reign of God

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1 comment:

  1. You might like to consider the 'assembly' version of "Abundant Life" - Marty Haugen? I believe that one is permitted to photo-copy the 'assembly' version, but not the full score. Original is from GIA and easily obtained.


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