Hymns for the 7th Sunday of Easter, Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (21 May 2023)

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A.

"Free-to-use" means 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.


First: Acts 1:6-14 - After Jesus ascended, the apostles returned to the upper room and joined in continuous prayer.

Psalm: 68 - Let god rise up, let his enemies be scattered.

Second 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 - If anyone should suffer for being a Christian, then he is blessed.  After you have suffered,  the God of all grace will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.

Gospel: John 17:1-11 - Jesus prayed "Father .. glorify your Son, so that your Son may glorify you ... I have finished the work that you gave me to do  ... I have made your name known  ... I am not in the world any longer, but they are in the world.


Prayer, praising God, living in the world now that Jesus has gone to heaven.

Free-use hymns

A Charge to Keep I Have - Wesley

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus

At the Name of Jesus Every Knee Shall Bow

Beautiful Savior - Seiss

Blest be the Tie that Binds - Fawcett

Blessing and Honor and Glory and Power - Bonar

Christ is the King O Friends Rejoice - Bell

Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies - Wesley

Come Down, O Love Divine - Littledale

Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain - Neale

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Give to Our God Immortal Praise - Watts

God of Mercy, God of Grace - Lyte

Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise

Hail Thee, Festival Day - composite

Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus - Bakewll

Help us to Help Each Other Lord - Wesley

Here O my Lord I see Thee - Bonar

How Firm a Foundation - Keith / Keen

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine - Longfellow

I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath - Wesley

Immortal Love for ever Full - Whittier

In Christ There is no East or West

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending - Wesley

May the Grace of Christ our Saviour - Newton

O Food to Pilgrims Given - Riley

O Jesus, I Have Promised

O One With God the Father - How

See How Great a Flame Aspires - Wesley

Son of God, eternal Saviour - Lowry

Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart - Croly

The Head that once was Crowned with Thorns - Kelly

Thou Hidden Love of God - Wesley

When Morning Gilds the Skies - Caswall

When We All Get to Heaven

Hymns which may still be copyright

Be Glorified - settings by Kilpatrick, and others

O Christ, when you ascended - Gillette (ref)

One is the body and one is the Head - Bell

When Thomas Heard from Jesus - Gillette (ref)

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments below.

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