Hymns about repentance

This is a selection of hymns about repentance.

Most of the hymns are free-use, meaning that they can be used, sometimes in limited circumstances, without any concerns about copyright. 

However a selection of hymns that may still be copyright are also included.

Repentance vs Forgiveness

This list deliberately focuses on the human side:  turning again, expressing sorrow, seeking to be reconciled.

A separate list of hymns about forgiveness will be published shortly.

In practise, hymns from both lists are likely to be used at some liturgies, but two lists are presented because sometimes the distinction needs to be made.

Some hymns may be on both lists, if they address both topics.


Free-use hymns

Attende Domine

Be Thou my Guardian and Guide - Williams

Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy

God of Mercy and Compassion - Vaughan

I Come to Thee Once More my God - Faber

Lord in this Thy Mercy's Day - Williams

Lord Jesus Think on Me

Jesu Lover of my Soul

Man of Sorrows Wrapt in Grief - Bridges

Now is the Healing Time Decreed - Lacey



Hymns which may still be copyright

Come Back to Me (Hosea) - Norbet

Come Let us Return to the Lord - Haugen

Create in me a Clean Heart - settings by Talbot, GreeneHopkins, and many others ...

Father I have Sinned - O'Reilly

God of Mercy and Compassion - Hodgetts

Jesus I am Coming Home Today - Ackley

I’m Sorry - Doggett (younger children)

I’m Sorry - O’Brien

Kyrie Eleison (As we come before you) - Getty / Townsend

Led by the Spirit of our God - Hurd

Many Times I have Turned - Jabusch

Return to God - Haugen

Song of the Prodigal - Boyce

This is Our Acceptable Time - Andersen

Our Father we have Wandered - Nichols

Renew Your Hearts - Lécot

Turn My Heart - Haugen

Turn to Me - Foley

We Turn to You - Kaan

When from Bondage we are Summoned - Dufner



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