Hymns for the Ascension of the Lord , Year C (26 or 29 May 2022) - Revised Common Lectionary

A selection of  hymns and songs suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, 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 particularly-appropriate hymns that are still copyright may also be included.

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


First: Acts  1:1-11- Paul recalls how Jesus told the disciples that they will receive power once the Holy Spirit comes - and then he was lifted up into the sky, and the angels promised that Jesus will return the same way.

Psalm: 46 - God goes up with shouts of joy, the Lord goes up with trumpet blast / All peoples clap your hands / God goes up with shouts of joy / God is king of all the earth.

Second:   Ephesians 1:15-23 - Paul asks God to give the believers a spirit of wisdom and discernment so they can see the immensity of God's power, used to raise Christ from the dead and then ascend to God's right hand in heaven, and sit as the head of the church.

Gospel:   Luke 24:44-53 - Jesus shows the disciples how his life fulfils scriptures, promises that they will be "clothed from on high", blesses them and then withdraws and is taken up to heaven.


Christ's ascension to his eternal glory in heaven.   Hope that we will follow, living forever in the kingdom.

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

A Hymn of Glory Let us Sing

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Alleluia, Sing to Jesus

At the Name of Jesus

God whose Almighty Word - Marriott

Hail the Day that sees Him Rise

Hail Thee Festival Day

Hail thou Once-Despised Jesus

He is Lord

In Christ there is no East or West

Jesus the Name High over All - Wesley

Look ye Saints  The Sight is Glorious

Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

O Christ Thou hast Prepared a Place

Our Blest Redeemer, ere He Breathed - Auber

Rejoice the Lord is King  (esp verses 3 and 4)

See the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph

Sing we Triumphant Hymns of Praise

The Golden Gates are Lifted Up - Alexander

The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns

The Lord is King Lift up Your Voice - Conder

We Walk by Faith

Where High the Heavenly Temple Stands

Hymns which may still be copyright

All Heaven Declares the Glory of the Risen Lord - Richards / Richards

Christ is Ascending Let Creation Sing - Mowbray

Christ is Going to the Father- Idle

Christ triumphant ever reigning - Sawyard

Clap Your Hands all You Nations - Bell / Maule (ref)

Come to Jerusalem - Dean

Do not Stand and Stare in Wonder

Glorious in Majesty - Cothran

Hail the Risen Lord Ascending - Foster

He who Walked Upon the Water (ref) - Pluth

Let the Earth Rejoice and Sing - Farrell

Lord I Lift Your Name on High

My Lord of Light - Idle

New Praises be Given - Knox

One Sacrifice of Christ - Modlin / Feduccia

Praise Him as He Mounts the Skies - Quinn 

The Lord Ascends His Throne - Booth

Up Through Endless Ranks of Angels - Vajda

Why Stare into the Sky - Collegeville Composers

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