Hymns for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year C - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year 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).

Seasonal note

The first Sunday after Easter is the second Sunday in the Easter Season:  Easter Sunday itself is the "1st Sunday of Easter".

In some communities, this is known as "Low Sunday" - and has minimal if any music to give choirs and music directors a break after the demands of Holy Week.


First: Acts 5:27-32  Peter and the apostles are questioned by the High Council about why they are continuing to teach in Jesus' name despite being told not to - they answer that the must obey God rather than any human authority, and that they are witnessing to God having raised and exalted Jesus as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

Psalm: 118 -  The Lord is my strength and my might ... The right hand of the Lord does valiantly ...

Second: Revelation 1:4-8 - John's greeting of grace and peace to the seven churches ... from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits ... and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. ..."I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God...

Gospel:   John 20:19-31 - Jesus appears to the disciples after eight days  "Peace be with you - as the Father sent me, so I am sending you" - and gives them the power to forgive sins.   Thomas was not there the first time, and doubted - but he was there when Jesus came again - and so  he believed.


Belief, Community, Jesus present in our midst.
As well as continuing the Easter themes of resurrection, life out of death, rejoicing, alleluia.

Free art-work suggestions

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

Free-use hymns

At the Lamb's High Feast we Sing

Christ is risen Hallelujah - Monsell

Come Ye Faithful Raise the Strain

Jesus came the Heavens Adoring - Thring

Jesus Stand Among us in your Risen Power

Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

Lord Jesus Christ be Present Now

O Breath of Life - Head

O Breathe on me O Breath of God

O Sons and Daughters Let us Sing

Of the Father's Love Begotten

Our great Redeemer as he Breathed - Auber

Peace be to this Congregation - Wesley

Peace is Flowing Like a River

Peace Like a River

Thine be the Glory

Hymns which may still be copyright

Blessed is the Body and Soul - Damon

He Walks Among the Golden Lamps - Dudley-Smith

Jesus Stand Among us at the Meeting of our Lives - Kendrick

Lord of the Church we Pray for our Renewing - Dudley Smith

Now the Green Blade Riseth / Love is Come Again - Crum

Put Your Hand There Thomas - Collegeville

Thomas (Safe Locked Inside that Upper Room) - Dobson (info)

Show Me Your Hands, Your Feet, Your Side - Dunstan

The Spirit Lives to Set us Free - Lundy

When Easter to the Dark World Came - Hamilton

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