Hymn ideas for Transfiguration Sunday / the Sunday before Lent, Year C - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Transfiguration Sunday, Year C.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), so the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that may still be copyright are also included, if these are particularly relevant.

Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First: Exodus 34:29-35 - Moses comes down from Mt Sinai with the commandments, and gives them to Aaron and the Israelites. After this, Moses veils his face, because it was shining from speaking with the Lord.

Psalm 99 - The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble.

Second: 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 - .. we, with unveiled faces, see the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, we are transformed into the same image .... this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

Gospel:  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".


Transfiguration, transformation.  Light.

Free-use hymns

Be Thou my Vision

Beautiful Saviour - Seiss

Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies

Crown Him with Many Crowns

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 Lord is King - Conder

'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

Hymn for the Transfiguration - Pluth

Jesus take us to the Mountain - Vajda

King of Kings and Lord of Lords - Batya and Conty

Name of all Majesty - Dudley-Smith

O Raise Your Eyes on High and See - Wright

Our Saviour Once Knelt in Prayer - Dudley-Smith

Shine Jesus Shine - Kendrick

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

There is a Redeemer (esp verse 4) - Green

This is my Son, my Beloved - Powell

Transfiguration (We behold the splendour of God)- Landry

Transfigured Christ None Comprehends - Gaunt

We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding - Daw

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