Hymns and songs for the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday) Year C - Revised Common lectionary

Hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter 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. 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).

6th Sunday of Lent (Palm Sunday):
Year C

2nd Sunday of Easter:
Year C


Acts 10:34, 37-43 - Peter gives Cornelius an eyewitness account of Jesus:  his life and work, his death and his resurrection.
Isaiah 65:17-25 - For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth ... Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight ...no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it ...The wolf and the lamb shall feed together...

Psalm: 118 - This day was made by the Lord, we rejoice and are glad / Give thanks to the Lord / The Lord's right hand has triumphed / The stone which the builders rejected.

Colossians 3:1-4 - Let your thoughts be on heavenly things - now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God.
Acts 10:34, 37-43 - see above

John 20:1-18 - Mary of Magdala discovers that the tomb is open, she tells the disciples and they go to the tomb .. they saw and understood and believed.   Mary remains in the tomb weeping, Jesus appears to her, but tells her that he must ascend to the Father.


Luke 24:1-12 - On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but Jesus body was not there.  Two men in dazzling clothes appeared and said "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen."   They told the apostles who did not believe, but Peter went to the tomb, saw and was amazed.


Resurrection, life out of death, rejoicing, alleluia.

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Free-use hymns

All Creatures of our God and King

Alleluia, Sing to Jesus

At the Lamb's High Feast we Sing

Bring All ye Dear Bought Nations

Christ is Risen Alleluia - Monsell

Christ the Lord is Risen Again - Winkworth

Christ the Lord is Risen Today - Wesley

Come and Drink of that New River

Come Christians Join to Sing

Come Ye Faithful Raise the Strain

Finished the Strife - Neale

Glorious Things of You are Spoken

Good Joseph had a Garden

Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise

Hail Thee Festive Day

He is Lord

Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Joyful Joyful we Adore Thee

Let us with a Gladsome Mind

Light's Glittering Morn Bedecks the Sky - Neale

Love's Redeeming Work is Done - Wesley

O Sons and Daughters let us Sing

One Day when Heaven was Filled with his Praises - Chapman

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Sing of Christ, Proclaim his Glory

That Easter Day with Joy was Bright

The Day of Resurrection

The Easter Song (My Lord he Died for a Kingdom)

The Strife is o'er the Battle Done

They Crucified my Saviour and Nailed Him to the Cross

Thine be the Glory

This Joyful Eastertide

Thou art the Way: to Thee Alone - Doane

Thou Whose Almighty Word

Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem

Hymns which may still be copyright

Christ has Risen While Earth Slumbers - Bell/Maule 

Christ is Alive let Christians Sing - Wren

Christ is Risen as he Said - Dudley-Smith

Christ is the World's Light, he and None Other - Pratt Green

City of God - Schutte

Easter Song (Hear the Bells Ringing) - Herring

First of the Week and Finest Day - Mowbray

Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing) - Brown / Doerksen

Jesus You Are the New Day - Damon

Led like a lamb to the Slaughter - Kendrick

Out of Darkness - Walker

Resurrection Hymn - (See, what a morning, gloriously bright) - Townend

Sing Alleluia to the Lord

Sing, God's Easter people, sing! - Mowbray

This is the Day - Garrett, or various other versions

Three Days - Ridge

Up from the Earth - Cooney

Walking in a Garden at the Close of Day - Greenwood

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