Hymns for Pentecost Sunday / Whitsun, Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (28 May 2023)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for Pentecost Sunday (Whitsun) in 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 - 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 list of hymns that are still copyright, but are particularly relevant, may also be included.

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First: Acts 2: 1-21 - The gathered apostles heard the wind, were filled with the Holy Spirit, and able to speak in the languages of everyone in Jerusalem.

Psalm: 103 - Send forth your spirit O Lord and renew the face of the earth / Bless the Lord my soul / You take back your spirit they die / May the glory of the Lord last forever

Second: I Corinthians 12: 3b-13 - There is a variety of gifts, but always the same Spirit .. in whom we are all baptised.

Gospel:   John 20: 19-23 - Peace be with you - as the Father sent me, so I am sending you - receive the Holy Spirit.


Receiving the Holy Spirit - being taught and empowered by it, and sent out to the world.  The gift of peace.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

At the Name of Jesus

Come Down O Love Divine
(the words are no  longer copyright in most countries, but the most commonly-used tune is)

Come Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove - Browne

Come Holy Ghost Thy Influence Shed - Wesley

Come, O Holy Spirit, Come - Caswall

Creator Spirit, Heavenly Dove Luther/Massie

Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost  - Wordsworth

Hail Thee, Festival Day (with Pentecost refrain)

Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling - Rees

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine - Longfellow

I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord - Dwight

I’ll Praise My Maker while I’ve Breath - Watts

Jesus, Thine All-Victorious Love - Wesley

O Breath of Life, Come Sweeping Through Us - Head

O Day of Rest and Gladness - Wordsworth

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley

O Holy Spirit Enter In - Winkworth

O Spirit of Life - Mattes

Our Great Redeemer, as He Breathed - Auber

Revive your Church, O Lord - Midlane

See How Great a Flame Aspires - Wesley

Spirit Divine Attend our Prayers - Reed

Spirit of Faith, Come Down - Wesely

Spirit of God, Descend Upon my Heart - Croly

Take my life and Let it Be

Hymns which may still be copyright

As a Fire Is Meant for Burning - Duck

Be Still for the Presence of the Lord

Come to us, Creative Spirit - Mowbray

Filled with the Spirit's Power - Peacey 

Great Is The Darkness (Come Lord Jesus) - Richards /Coates

Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather - Stowe

Holy Spirit, Come Confirm Us - Foley

Holy Spirit, Come with Power - Rupp

Holy Spirit, Wind of Heaven -  Garnaas-Holmes  (tune ODE TO JOY)

Let every Christian Pray - Green

Let It Breathe on Me

Like the Murmur of the Dove's Song - Daw

Of All the Spirit’s Gifts to Me - Green

One is the body and one is the Head - Bell

She Comes Sailing on the Wind - Light

Spirit, Now Live in Me - Leech

Spirit of God Unleashed on Earth - Arthur

Surely the Presence of the Lord - Wolfe

Sweet, Sweet Spirit -Ackers

The Spirit came, as Promised - Seddon

The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve - Dufner

There’s a Spirit in the Air - Wren

We All Are One in Mission - Edwards

We Are the Church - Avery / Marsh

Wind Who Makes All Winds That Blow - Troeger

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