Hymns for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (16 April 2023)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, 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. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small number of hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.

Suggestions about other suitable hymns are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First: Acts 2: 14a, 22-32  -  Peter, addressed the people, reminding that that Jesus was handed over to them according to God's plan, crucified and killed - but God raised him up, because it was impossible for him to be held in death's power - and that David predicted this.

Psalm: 16 - Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

Second: I Peter 1: 3-9 - Blessed be God .. who in his great mercy has given us new birth ... by raising Jesus Christ from the dead.  Your faith is worth more than gold.

Gospel: John 20: 19-31 - Jesus appears to the apostles while they are locked in the upper room.  He wished Peace upon them, and breathed the Holy Spirit on them.   But Thomas was not there, and doubted.   Eight days later, Jesus came back and Thomas saw and believed.   Jesus response;   Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.


Easter joy.  Resurrection.   God's mercy.  Faith.  Community.  Peace / justice.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All you that Seek the Lord who Died - Wesley

And can it be that I Should Gain

Author of Faith Eternal Word - Wesley

Blessed be the Everlasting God

Blessed Jesus at Thy Word - Winkworth

Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands - Massie

Come my Way, my Truth, my Life - Herbert

Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast - Wesley

Come You Faithful, Raise the Strain - Neale

Depth of Mercy! Can There Be - Wesley

Forth in thy Name, O Lord, I Go - Wesley

Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise - Wesley

Hail thou Once-despised Jesus - Bakewell

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine - Longfellow

How Firm a Foundation- Keen

I'm not ashamed to own my Lord - Watts

I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me

In Thee Is Gladness - Winkworth

Jesus the Name High over All - Wesley

Jesus Thou joy of Loving Hearts - Palmer

Man of Sorrows What a Name - Bliss

My Jesus I love Thee I Know Thou art Mine - Featherston

O Breath of Life come Sweeping Through Us - Head

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley

O Jesus King most Wonderful - Caswall

O Savior, Precious Savior - Havergal

O Sons and Daughters

Our Great Redeemer, as he breathed - Auber

Peace be to this Congregation - Wesley

Rule of Life - Wesley

Savior Again to Thy Dear Name - Ellerton

Spirit Divine Attend our Prayers - Reed

Spirit of Faith, Come Down - Wesley

Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart - Croly

The Day of Resurrection - Neale

There is a Land of Pure Delight - Watts

This joyful Eastertide - Woodward

Who is on the Lord's Side - Havergal

Hymns that may still be copyright

At the Font We Start Our Journey - Rowthorn

Christ be my Leader - Dudley-Smith

Christ has Risen while Earth Slumbers - Bell / Maule

Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing - Wren

Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna - Wren

Easter People, Raise Your Voices - James

God when I Came into this Life - Kann

Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing

Holy Spirit, Come, Confirm Us - Brian Foley

Holy Spirit Rain Down - Fragar

Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song - Daw

Lord Jesus Christ, your Light Shines Within Us - Taize community

More Precious than Silver - DeShazo

Of all the Spirit’s Gifts to Me - Green

Refiner's Fire

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

Song of the Supper (The time was early evening) - Bell

The First One Ever, Oh, Ever to Know - Egan

There Are Some Things I May Not Know - Morris

These Things Did Thomas Count as Real - Troeger

This Is a Day of New Beginnings - Wren

Walk in the Light (The spirit lives to set us free)

Walk with Me- Langdon /Zondervan

We Join in Proclaiming - Gillette (source)

When Easter to the dark world came - Hamilton

Where the Spirit of the Lord Is - Adams

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