Hymns for Transfiguration Sunday / the Sunday before Lent, Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (19 Feb 2023)

A selection of hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for Transfiguration Sunday in Year A.

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 hymns that may still be copyright are also included, if these are particularly relevant.

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.


First: Exodus 24:12-18  -  Moses goes to the Mt Sinai in response to the Lord's call:   cloud covers it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses.  The glory of the LORD appeared to be a devouring fire - Moses enters the cloud and stays on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

Second: 2 Peter 1:16-21  -  Jesus, received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice said , "This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased." ... Be attentive to this prophetic message as to a lamp shining in a dark place:  prophecy comes by men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus took  Peter and James and John and up a high mountain ... and he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.   Moses and Elijah, appeared talking with him.   Peter offers to make three tents, the Lord says  "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"  


Transfiguration, transformation.  Light.   My son, the beloved.

Free-use hymns

Alleluia, Song of Gladness - Neale

Be Still and Know that I Am God

Be Thou my Vision

Beautiful Savior - Seiss

Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word - Winkworth

Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning - Heber

Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies

Come, Holy Ghost, Our Hearts Inspire - Wesley

Every Time I Feel the Spirit

From All That Dwell Below the Skies - Watts

God Reveals his Presence - Fos­ter /Mill­er 

How shall I sing that Majesty - Mason

In Thee is Gladness - Winkworth

Jesus, Joy of Our Desiring

Jesus, the Light of the World - Wesley / Elderkin

Let Us With a Gladsome Mind - Milton

My God how Wonderful Thou Art - Faber

Light of the Lonely Pilgrim's Heart - Denny

O Jesus, Lord of Heavenly Grace - Chandler

O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright - Winkworth

O Wondrous Type O Vision Fair - Neale

O Wondrous Vision Image Fair - Neale

Sing Praise to God who Reigns Above - Cox

Stay, Master, Stay upon this Heavenly Hill - Gregg
The God of Abraham Praise - Olivers

Thee we Adore, O hidden Saviour, Thee - Woodford

'Tis Good Lord to be Here

 When Morning Gilds the Skies - Caswall

Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - North

Hymns which may still be copyright

Be Still for the Presence - Evans

Brighter than a Thousand Suns - Pratt

Christ is the World's Light - Pratt-Green

Christ is the world's true Light - Briggs

Christ Upon the Mountain Peak / Jesus on the Mountain Peak - Wren

God hath Spoken by his Prophets Briggs

Name of all Majesty - Dudley-Smith

O Lord, As You Were On Your Way - Gilette

Shine Jesus Shine - Kendrick

Spirit of God Unseen as the Wind - Old

Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory - Troeger

There is a Redeemer (esp verse 4) - Green

Transfigured Christ None Comprehends - Gaunt

You, Lord, are both Lamb and Shepherd - Dunstan

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