Hymns for the 6th Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday), Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (2 April 2023)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for Palm Sunday, Year A.

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 may also be included - clearly labelled.


Liturgy of the Palms

Matthew 21:1-11 - Jesus sends the disciples ahead to Jerusalem to get a donkey and a colt for him.  Jesus rides on it into Jerusalem, greeted by the people spreading their garments on the road, waving palms and singing "Hosanna to the Son of David ..."

Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

Liturgy of the Passion readings

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

Psalm: 31:9-16 - Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress / For my life is spent with sorrow / I am the scorn of all my adversaries / But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."

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.

Matthew 26:14 - 27:66,  - The Passion, from Judas making a deal with the chief priests to betray Jesus to them, through to Joseph of Arimathea being given Jesus body, and the Pharisees getting permission to put a special guard at the tomb.
Matthew 27:11-54 - a shorter version, from Jesus being asked if he is King of the Jews, through to the centurion saying said, "Truly this man was God's Son!"


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 today for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.

Free-use hymns

Ah Holy Jesus how Hast Thou Offended

Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed - Wesley

Finished Redemption (Hark, the voice of love and mercy) - Evans

Go to Dark Gethsemane

Hail, thou Once-Despised Jesus! - Bakewell / Toplady

Hark the Glad Sound the Saviour Comes - Doddridge

He Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word (They Crucified My Lord)

He Rose (They Crucified My Savior)

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna - Threlfall

Immortal Love for ever Full - Whittier

In the Cross of Christ I Glory - Bowring

Jesus the Name High over All - Wesley

Lift up your Heads, you Mighty Gates - Winkworth

Man of Sorrows! What a Name - Bliss

Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone - Shepherd

My Jesus, I Love Thee - Featherston

Nature with open volume stands - Watts

Near the Cross - Crosby

Near to the Heart of God (There Is a Place of Quiet Rest) - McAfee

O Dearest Lord, Thy Sacred Head

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley

O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done - Wesley

O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High - Webb

On My Heart Imprint Your Image - Strømme

Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle - Neale

Sing my Tongue the Saviour's Glory

Sing my Tongue the Saviour's Triumph

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus - Parker

There is a Green Hill Far Away - Alexander

The Head that once was Crowned with Thorns - Kelly

The Royal Banners Forward Go

Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne - Elliot

Were You There

When my love to Christ grows Weak - Wreford

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Hymns that may still be copyright 

Come and See (We Worship at Your Feet) - Kendrick

Filled with Excitement - Suppe, from Mantos y Palmas - Avila

Jesus the Carpenter, Hanging on Calvary - Dobson

King of Kings - Majesty - Cooper

Make way, make way for Christ the King - Kendrick

Name of all Majesty - Dudley-Smith

No Tramp of Soldiers’ Marching Feet - Timothy Dudley-Smith

Oh, to see the Dawn - Townend

Please Enter My Heart, Hosanna - Townley

To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord - Green

We have a King who Rides on a Donkey - Kaan

We Sang Our Glad Hosannas - Keithahn

Why Has God Forsaken Me - Wallace

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