Hymns for Transfiguration Sunday, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (11 Feb 2024)

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for Transfiguration Sunday in Year B.

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, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

Suggestions of other hymns to include are welcome, please leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First:  2 Kings 2:1-12 - Elijah is taken up to heaven, while Elisha watches  

Psalm 50  - The mighty one, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting 

Second:   2 Corinthians 4:3-6 - The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God ... For it is God ... who has shone in our hearts.

Gospel:  Mark 9: 2-10 - Jesus takes Peter and James and John up high mountain - he was transfigured before them.  Elijah and Moses appeared, talking with Jesus. Peter says "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."  ... A cloud overshadowed them, a voice from it said "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!"


Jesus as the completion of the law and prophets.   Jesus - son of God, my beloved.   Kingship. Radical transformation. Do not be afraid.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All Things Bright and Beautiful
Alleluia Sing to Jesus
Alleluia Song of Gladness / Sweetness
An Eye Single to the Glory of the Lord (Behold the servant of the Lord) - Wesley
An Image of That Heavenly Light - Roberts (1879-1953)
And Can it be that I Should Gain
Children of the Heavenly Father - Olson. tr from Sandell
Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies - Wesley
Come Holy Ghost our Souls Inspire (And lighten with celestial fire) - Cosin
Come Let Us With Our Lord Arise - Wesley
Come Thou Holy Spirit Come - Caswall
Crown Him With Many Crowns

For all the Saints - How
Give me the Wings of Faith to Rise
Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
God Himself is Present - Foster / Miller, translated from Blumengärtlein
God is Working His Purpose Out / As year succeeds
God, Thou art Clothed with Light - Brownlie
God, whose Almighty Word - Marriott
Great Is Our Redeeming Lord - Wesley
Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer / Jehovah (Bread of Heaven)

In the Name of Jesus - Unknown
In Thee is Gladness - Winkworth, trans from Lindemann
Jesus – the Name High Over All - Wesley
Jesus Bids Us Shine - Warner
Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun - Watts
Jesus the Light of the World - Wesley / Elderkin
Jesus the Very Thought of Thee - Caswall

Lord of All Power And Might - Stowell (1799-1865)
My God, How Wonderful Thou Art - Faber
My Saviour's Love (I stand amazed in the presence) - Gabriel
Not Always On the Mount May We - Hosmer (1840-1929)
Now Let us See Thy Beauty Lord - Waugh

O Gladsome Light - Bridges (1844-1930)
O Jesus King Most Wonderful - Caswall, trans from Bernard of Clairvaux
O Jesus Lord of Heavenly Grace - Chandler (1806-1876)
O Morning Star How Fair and Bright - Winkworth, tr from Nicolai
O Wondrous Type O Vision Fair - Neale (1818-1866)
Open my Eyes that I May See - Scott

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven
Praise to the Living God - Varioius, from ben Judah
Praise to the Lord the Almighty
Revive Us Again - Mackay (1839-1885)

Spirit Divine Attend Our Prayers - Reed
Spirit of Faith Come Down - Wesley
Steal Away to Jesus
Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Unknown

Take my Life and Let it Be
Teach Me my God and King - Herbert
Thee We Adore O Hidden Saviour Thee - Woodford, trans from Aquinas
There's a Light Upon the Mountains
This Little Light of Mine - Unknown
Thy Words to Me - Martin (1865-1937)
Tis Good, Lord, to Be Here - Robinson (1858-1933)

What A Mighty God We Serve - Unknown
When all Thy Mercies O my God - Addison
When Morning Gilds the Skies - Caswall
Worship Honour Glory Blessing - Osler (1798-1863)
Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness - Monsell (1811-1875)
Ye Servants Of God - Wesley

Hymns which may still be copyright

Arise Shine (Darkness like a shroud) - Kendrick
Be Still For the Presence of the Lord - Evans

Canticle of Light and Darkness - Luff
Christ be our Light - Farrell
Christ is the World's Light He and None Other - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
Christ Upon the Mountain Peak / Jesus on the Mountain Peak / Transfiguration - Wren (b 1936)

Eternal Light Shine in My Heart - Idle (b 1938), from Alcuin
God, Your Glory We Have Seen in Your Son - Johnson and Wren, transl from Rimaud (1957)
Here In This Holy Time And Place - Forster
Holy Ground (This is holy ground) - Beatty

I Set the Lord Before my Eyes - Dowling
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light / Shine in my Heart
Light of the World (Here I am to worship) - Hughes
Listen to Him (Breezes whisper without meaning) - Mann
Lord Jesus Christ Your Light Shines - Communaute de Taizé
Lord Jesus our Bright Morning Star - Pfitzner

Majesty Worship His Majesty - Hayford
Meekness and Majesty - Kendrick
Much Brighter than A Thousand Suns - Pratt (b. 1948)
O Lord as You Were on Your Way(source) - Gillette
O Vision Blest of Heavenly Light - Timms (1910-1997)
Open Our Eyes - Cull

Seek the Lord Who Now is Present - Pratt-Green
Shine Jesus Shine (Lord the Light of your Love is Shining)
Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory - Troeger (1945-2022)

The Heavens Shall Declare the Glory of His Name - Bullock (b 1955)
The Light That Enlivens All the World - Unknown
The Son of God Proclaim - Bridge (1927-2021)
Transfigured Christ None Comprehends - Gaunt
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus - Lemmel (1863-1961)

We Are Standing On Holy Ground - Davis
We Cannot Bear the Full Light of Your Glory (source) - Brown
We Have Come at Christ's Own Bidding - Daw
Who is This Whose Face Shines Brighter  - Gilbert

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