Hymns for the Reign of Christ - (Proper 29) Year A - Revised Common Lectionary (26 Nov 2023)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the Reign of Christ (Christ the King) 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. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns which are still copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also included.


Ezekiel  34:11-16, 20-24 - For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out .. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; ... I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep ...I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd

Psalm 22/23 - The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want / Near restful waters he leads me / You have prepared a banquet for me / Surely goodness and kindness

Second:  Ephesians 1:15-23 - 
Paul tells the community of Ephesis that he gives thanks for them, and prays that God may give them ... a spirit of wisdom and revelation ... and come to know him fully.

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46 - Jesus tells the disciples that when the Son of Man comes .. he will take up his seat on the throne of glory and separate men as the shepherd separates sheep and goats ... the Kingdom will be given to the virtuous


Christ the King - who cares for his people like a shepherd.   Living justly.

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

Free-use hymns

A Celtic Prayer (May the Christ who walks on wounded feet) - Unknown
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
All my Hope is Firmly Grounded - Neander
All my Hope On God is Founded
All People that on Earth do Dwell
Alleluia Sing to Jesus
At the Name of Jesus

Christ is Made the Sure Foundation
Christ Is Raised A Living Witness - Garland
Come Holy Ghost our Souls Inspire (And lighten with celestial fire) - Cosin
Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast - Wesley
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Come ye Thankful People Come
Come, Ye Disconsolate - Moore / Hastings
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Day of Judgment! Day of Wonder! - Newton
Deck Thyself my Soul with Gladness - Winkworth, trans from Franck
Faithful Shepherd Feed Me - Pollock
For all the Saints - How
Forward Through the Ages - Hosmer

God be in my Head (the Sarum Prayer)
God is Love His the Care
God is Working His Purpose Out / As year succeeds
God, whose Almighty Word - Marriott
Great Is Our Redeeming Lord - Wesley

Hail Redeemer King Divine Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise Alleluia - Wesley
Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus - Toplady
Hail to the Lord's Anointed
Hallelujah Sing To Jesus - Dix
He is Lord He is Lord - Unknown
Head of the Church Our Risen Lord - Conder
Help us to Help Each Other Lord - Wesley
Holy God we Praise Thy Name
Holy Spirit Truth Divine - Longfellow
I Will Sing the Wondrous Story - Rowley - free use in the USA only
In Heavenly Love Abiding - Waring
In the Name of Jesus - Unknown

Jerusalem the Golden - Neale
Jesus – the Name High Over All - Wesley
Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun - Watts
Jesus United By Thy Grace - Wesley
Jesus the Name High Over All - Wesley

My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (On Christ the Solid Rock) - Mote
My Saviour's Love (I stand amazed in the presence) - Gabriel
Now it is Evening, Time to Cease from Labour - Woodward

O God Our Help in Ages Past
O Jesus King Most Wonderful - Caswall, trans from Bernard of Clairvaux
O Worship the King All-Glorious Above
of the Father's Love Begotten
Open my Eyes that I May See - Scott
Out of the Depths / From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee (De profundis)

Proclaiming the Universal Savior (Let earth and heaven agree) - Wesley
Rejoice the Lord is King!
Relieving Christ in His Members (Jesus, my Lord, how rich thy grace) - Dodderidge
Rescue the Perishing - Crosby
Saviour like a Shepherd Lead Us
Sing to the King (Sing we the King who is coming to reign) - Horne
Son of God Eternal Savior - Lowry

Teach Me my God and King - Herbert
The Church's One Foundation
The Head that Once Was Crowned With Thorns - Kelly
The King of Love my Shepherd Is
The King Shall Come when Morning Dawns
The Lord is King Lift up Your Voice - Conder
The Lord's my Shepherd - Scottish Psalter translation
The Name Of Jesus  - Martin USA 1864-1914)
There's a Light Upon the Mountains
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne and Thy Kingly Crown - Elliot
Thy Kingdom Come O God - Hensley

We Give you but Your Own - How
Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - North
Ye Gates, Lift Up Your Heads - from the Scottish Psalter, 1650
Ye Servants Of God - Wesley
Ye Watchers And Ye Holy Ones - Riley

Hymns that are / may be still copyright

Across the Lands (You're the Word of God the Father) - Getty / Townend
All Praise to Thee for Thou O King Divine - Tucker
All Who Love and Serve Your City - Routley
And He Shall Reign For Ever - Kendrick
As We Gather At Your Table - Daw

Beauty for Brokenness (God of the poor) - Kendrick
Bless Christ Through Whom All Things are Made - Degrenia
Christ is the King! O Friends Rejoice - Bell - Bell / Maule
Christ is the World's Light He and None Other - Pratt Green
Christ Triumphant Ever Reigning - Saward
Christus Paradox (You, Lord, are both Lamb and Shepherd) - Dunstan

Father All-Loving and Ruling in Majesty - Appleford
Glory in the Highest to the God of Heaven - Idle (b 1938)
Heaven Shall Not Wait - Bell / Maule
Here in Christ We Gather - Quinn
His Name is Wonderful - Mieir (1916–1996)
How Shall I Come Before the Lord - McIntyre

Jesus Christ - Perfect Love - Latty
Jesus Christ is Waiting - Bell / Maule
Jesus Shall Take the Highest Honour - Bowater
King of Kings Majesty - Cooper

Let All Be One In Mind And Heart - Quinn
Let us Rejoice and be Glad and Give Thanks (Alleluia our God Reigns) - Garrett
Lord Whose Love Through Humble Service - Bayly
Lord, When Were You in Prison? - Gillette

Majesty Worship His Majesty - Hayford
O Christ What Can It Mean For Us - Dufner
O Lord You Called Disciples - Gillette
Open Our Eyes - Cull
Open the Eyes of my Heart Lord - Baloche
Praise to the God who Clears the Way - Berry

Resurrection Hymn (See what a morning) - Townsend
Servant Song (Brother let me be Your Servant) - Gillard - Gillard
Shout to the Lord - Zschech
Shout To the Lord For Joy All the Earth - Park
Sing All Creation, Sing to God in Gladness - Quinn
Soon and Very Soon - Crouch

The Church of Christ in Every Age - Pratt Green
The Lord Is King With Majesty Enrobed - The Grail
There is a Higher Throne Than all this World has Known - Getty
To Him Who Sits On the Throne And Unto the Lamb - Graafsma

What Does the Lord Require - Bayly (1901-1984)
When did we See You? - Duck
When I Needed a Neighbour - Carter
When I Was Lost You Came And Rescued Me - Simmonds / Simmonds
When the Poor Ones (Cuando El Pobre) - Lockwood (b 1946), trans from Olivar
Worthy, You Are Worthy - Moen
You are Crowned with Many Crowns - Sellers
You are My God You are My King - Delavan, Jr.

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