Hymns for the Reign of Christ / Christ the King - Proper 28 (33) - (20 Nov 2022) - Revised Common lectionary

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A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised common lectionary for the Feast of the Reign of Christ, (Christ the King), 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 that are still copyright be included if they are particularly appropriate.


First: Jeremiah 23:1-6 - the prophet delivers a warning to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the people - the Lord himself will gather them up and bring them back to the fold ....  the days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king 

Second: Colossians 1: 11-20 : Thanks to the Father who made it possible for us to join the saints and inherit the light ... he has created a place for us in Christ's kingdom.  ... Christ is .. the image of the unseen God, in him all things were created.

Gospel: Luke 23: 33-43 - Jesus is hanging on the cross, and the people and soldiers moc him "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself".   One of the criminals hanged defended him and asked "Jesus remember me, when you come into your kingdom".


God's kingdom.   Jesus Christ, the Shepherd who brings out of darkness into the light of his kingdom.

Free-use hymns

A Mighty Fortress is our God

According to thy Gracious Word - Montgomery

And now, O Father, Mindful of the Love  - Bright

Christ Whose Glory fills the Skies - Wesley

Come let us Join our Cheerful Songs -Watt

Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus

Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes - Doddridge 

How shall I Sing that Majesty - Mason

Immortal Invisible God Only Wise

Jesus shall Reign Where'er the Sun - Watts

Lift up your Heads you Mighty Gates  - Winkworth

Look ye Saints the Sight is Glorious - Kelly

Man of sorrows! What a name - Bliss

O Christ our Hope our Heart's Desire - Chandler

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley

O Jesus, King most Wonderful - Caswall

O Jesus Lord of Heavenly Grace - Chandler

O Savior Precious Savior - Havergal

Praise to the Living God

Soldiers of Christ Arise - Wesley

Teach me, my God and King - Herbert

The God of Abraham Praise

The Head that once was Crowned with Thorns

Thy Kingdom Come O God - Hensley

Ye Servants of God your Master Proclaim - Wesley

Hymns which may still be copyright

All praise to thee for thou, O King Divine - Tucker

Christ our King before Creation - Jones

Christ Triumphant Ever Reigning - Saward

He is Exalted - Paris

Jesus is King and I will extol him - Clarke

Jesus is Lord! Creation’s Poice Proclaims It - D Mansell

Jesus Remember Me - Taizé

Jesus Saviour of the World - Idle

Let us Sing to the God of Salvation - Bewes

Lord Christ when First Thou Cam'st to Men - Bowie

Lord Reign in Me (Over all the earth, you reign on high) - Brown

Name of all Majesty - Dudley-Smith

O Crucified Redeemer - Rees

Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle - Neale

The King of Glory - Jabusch

When you Prayed Beneath the Trees - Idle  (esp final verse)

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