Hymns and songs for the 6th Sunday of Lent (Palm Sunday) Year C - Revised Common lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday, 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. A small selection of hymns that are still copyright may also be included - clearly labelled.  Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

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.


Palm blessing and procession:

Luke 19:28-40 - Jesus sends the disciples ahead to Jerusalem to get a colt for him because "the Master needs it". Jesus rides on it into Jerusalem, greeted by the people spreading their garments on the road, waving palms and singing "Blessings on the King who comes ..."

Psalm 118:   Give thanks to the Lord for he is good

Main Readings:

First: Isaiah 50: 4-9a - The Lord has given me a disciples tongue ... I offered my back to those who struck me.

Psalm: 31 - Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress.

Second: Philippians 2: 5-11 - His state was divine yet Christ Jesus  ... was humbler yet, even to accepting death on a cross.  But God raised him high.

Gospel: Luke 22:14 - 23:56 - The Passion, from Jesus celebrating the Passover meal, until his body is placed in the tomb by Joseph of Arimathea.


The paradox:  acclaiming Jesus as king, and one week later putting him to death.

Note:  Although the readings cover the full passion story, most of the emphasis in the following list is on Jesus triumphant entrance acclaimed as a king.   See the subsequent days suggestions for more penitential / suffering themes hymns.

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

Blessed be the Name of the Lord - Wesley

Children of Jerusalem - Henley

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Crux Fideles

Give me Joy in my Heart keep me Praising

Holy Holy Holy - Heber

Hosanna Loud Hosanna - Threlfall

Lift up your Heads ye Mighty Gates

Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

My Song Is Love Unknown

O Cross of Christ, Immortal Tree

O Sacred Head Surrounded

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Ride On, King Jesus

Ride On, Ride on in Majesty

Sing my Tongue the Saviour's Glory

Sing my Tongue the Saviour's Triumph

Tell me the Stories of Jesus

Blessings on the King - Ellis and Lynch

Come into the Streets with Me - Murray (ref)

Food to Pilgrims Given - Perry

In Christ Alone - Getty / Townsend

Jesus is Lord - Mansell

Lift High the Cross - Murray

Make Way Make Way - Kendrick

No Tramp of Soldier's Marching Feet - Dudley-Smith

The Palms - Fauré

We have a King who Rides on a Donkey - Kaan

When His Time was Over - Mann

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