Hymns for Resurrection / Easter Sunday, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (31 March 2024)

Hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday), 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).


Acts 10:34-43 - Peter gives Cornelius an eyewitness account of Jesus:  his life and work, his death and his resurrection.
Isaiah 25:6-9
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast ... he will swallow up death forever ... will wipe away the tears from all faces...   This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Psalm: 118 - This day was made by the Lord, we rejoice and are glad / Give thanks to the Lord / The Lord's right hand has triumphed / The stone which the builders rejected.

1 Corinthians 15:1-11  Paul reminds the Corinthians that ... he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time,  ... then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.  Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
Acts 10:34-43 - see above

John 20:1-18 - Mary of Magdala discovers that the tomb is open, she tells the disciples and they go to the tomb .. they saw and understood and believed.   Mary remains in the tomb weeping, Jesus appears to her, but tells her that he must ascend to the Father.
Mark 16:1-8  Mary Magdalene and the women went to the tomb, found that the stone had already been rolled back, and saw a young man, dressed in a white robe who told them "He has been raised ... he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you."


Resurrection, life out of death, rejoicing, alleluia.

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Free-use hymns

A Celtic Prayer (May the Christ who walks on wounded feet) - Unknown
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
All People that on Earth do Dwell
All You That Seek the Lord Who Died - Charles Wesley
Alleluia (Honduras) - traditional
Alleluia Alleluia Hearts to Heaven and Voices Raise - Wordsworth (1807-1885)
Amazing Grace – How Sweet the Sound
And Can it be that I Should Gain
At the Lamb's High Feast we Sing

Christ is our Corner-Stone - Chandler
Christ is Risen Alleluia - Monsell (1911-1875)
Christ is Risen From the Dead / Resurrexit Sicut Dixit Alleluia Alleluia - Cummings (1824-1866)
Christ is Risen Shout Hosanna - Neale (1818-1866)
Christ is the World 's Redeemer - MacGregor (1854-1923)
Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands - Massie, trans from Luther

Christ the Lord in Risen Today - Charles Wesley
Christ the Lord Is Risen Again - Winkworth (1827-1878), trans from Weisse (1531)
Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Come Let Us With Our Lord Arise - Wesley
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Come Ye Faithful Raise the Strain - Neale
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Down to the River to Pray - Unknown
Finished the Strife - Neale
From Thee All Skill and Science Flow - Kingsley (1819-1875)
God is Love: Let Heaven Adore Him - Rees (1874-1939)
Good Joseph had a Garden (Sing the joy of Easter Day) - Milner-Barry (1875-1940

Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise Alleluia - Wesley
Hail Thee Festival Day - composite trans, from the English Hymnal 1906
Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus - Toplady
He Rose (They crucified my saviour) - Unknown
Holy God we Praise Thy Name
Holy Holy Holy (early in the morning) - Heber
How Bright These Glorious Spirits Shine - Watts / Cameron

I Know that my Redeemer Lives - Samuel Medley
I Want Jesus to Walk with Me - Unknown
In Heavenly Love Abiding - Waring
In the Garden (And He Walks with Me) - Miles (1868–1946)

Light's Glittering Morn Bedecks the Sky - Neale
Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour
Love's Redeeming Work is Done - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Low in the Grave He Lay - Lowry (1826–1899)
Low in the Grave He Lay / (Up From the grave) He Arose - Lowry (1826–1899)

My Faith Looks up to Thee - Palmer (1808-1887)
O How I Love Jesus (There is A Name I Love to Hear) - Whitfield (1829-1904)
O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done - Wesley
O Sons and Daughters Let Us Sing - Neale (1818 – 1866)
O Spirit of the Living God - Montgomery
O the Depth of Love Divine - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
One Day! - Chapman (1859-1918)
Our Lord Christ Hath Risen - Plunket (1828-1897)

Praise for the Fountain Opened - Cowper (1731-1800)
Praise to the Holiest in the Height
Pull Back the Veil on the Dawn of Creation  - Bell (b. 1949) / Maule (1958-2019)
Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (God in man made manifest) - Wordsworth

The Day of Resurrection (Earth tell it out abroad) - Neale (1818-1866)
The Strife Is Past the Battle Done - Pott
The Voice of God is Calling - Holmes (1879-1964) - free-use in the USA
Thou Art the Way: to Thee Alone - Doane
We Give Immortal Praise - Isaac Watts
We Sing the Praise of Him Who Died - Kelly
We Would See Jesus - Warner

Hymns which may still be copyright

A New Day Dawns; A New Creation  - Andrew T. Murphy
After Darkness Light - Pratt-Green
All Heaven Declares - Richards
Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks (to the Risen Lord) / Alleluia No 1
At Early Dawn They Rise to Come- Leach - Leach
At the Dawning of Salvation  - Curle (1919-?)

Christ Has Risen While Earth Slumbers - Bell (b. 1949) / Maule (1958-2019)
Christ is Risen ( All is quiet all is sombre) - Madden
Christ is Risen As He Said - Dudley-Smith (b 1926)
Christ is Risen Christ is Living - Kaan, trans from Martínez
Christ is Risen Shout Hosanna  - Wren (b 1936)
Christ is the World's Light He and None Other - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
Christus Paradox (You, Lord, are both Lamb and Shepherd) - Dunstan
Come On And Celebrate - Morgan / Bankhead

Easter Alleluia (Glory to God who does wondrous things) - Haugen
Easter People Raise Your Voices - James (1915-2014)
Good Christian Friends Rejoice and Sing - Alington (1872-1955)

He has Made me Glad - von Brethorst (1924-2010)
He Has Risen - Richards / Richards / Coates
Here from All Nations - Idle (b 1938)
He's Alive - Fettke (b 1941)
I Serve a Risen Savior (He lives) - Ackley (1887-1960)

Jesus is Lord! Creation's Voice Proclaims It - Mansell
Jesus is Risen Alleluia - Kyamanywa / Bell
Jesus Stand Among Us - Kendrick
Jesus You are the New Day - Damon (b. 1955)

Led Like A Lamb (You're Alive) - Kendrick
Lord I Lift Your Name On High - Founds
Lord of the Dance - Carter
Mary You Were There  - Prince
Now Lives the Lamb of God - Mowbray (b 1938)
Now the Green Blade Riseth (Love is Come Again) - Crum (1872-1958)

On the Day of Resurrection - cannot determine
Resurrection Hymn (See What A Morning) - Townend
Sing A Song Sing A Joyful Song - Johnson / Johnson
Sing God's Easter People Sing - Mowbray (b 1938-)
Sing Hallelujah to the Lord - Stassen
Something Beautiful - Gaither
Surrexit Christus (The Lord is Risen) - Berthier (1923-1994)

The First One Ever, O Ever to Know - Egan (b. 1946-)
This is the Day - various settings

Walking in a Garden at the Close of Day - Greenwood (1929-2003)
We Believe in One God - Juby
We Join in Proclaiming - Gillette
We Know That Christ is Raised - Geyer (1932-2020)
We Meet You O Christ - Kaan (1929-2009)
When Easter to the Dark World Came - Hamilton (1886-1958)
When It's All Been Said And Done - Cowan (b 1952)
Woman In the Night - Wren

You Alone Are Holy - Hanna / Lockward
Your Only Son

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