Hymns for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (7 April 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year B.
(The first Sunday afterEaster is the second Sunday in the Easter Season: Easter Sunday itself is the "1st Sunday of Easter".)

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


First: Acts 4:32-35 - The believers shared all their possession and the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection.

Psalm 133 - How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.

Second  1 John 1:1-2:2 - This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all  ... we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Gospel: John 20:19-31  -  Jesus appears in the upper room, showed his hands and said “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” ... “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Doubting Thomas. ... Now Jesus did many other signs ... which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe.


Sharing, generosity. Peace. Resurrection. Jesus dispels fear and brings peace. Doubt / faith / trust. Continuing Jesus work in the world - faithfulness to the commandments.

Free-use artwork

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 Praise to Our Redeeming Lord - Wesley
As Your Family Lord See Us Here - Unknown
Christ From Whom All Blessings Flow - Wesley
Christ is Risen Alleluia - Monsell (1911-1875)
Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands - Massie, trans from Luther
Christ the Lord Is Risen Again - Winkworth (1827-1878), trans from Weisse (1531)
Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies - Wesley
Close to Thee - Crosby
Come Down O Love Divine
Come Holy Spirit Lord of Grace  - Chandler
Come Let Us With Our Lord Arise - Wesley
Come my Way my Truth my Life - Herbert
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Depth of Mercy - Wesley
Dona Nobis Pacem  - Unknown
Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether

Fairest Lord Jesus - Unknown
Father of Peace and God of Love - Doddridge
Fill Thou my Life - Bonar
For the Bread Which you have Broken - Bensen
Forward Through the Ages - Hosmer

Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
God, whose Almighty Word - Marriott

Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise Alleluia - Wesley
Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus - Toplady
He is Lord He is Lord - Unknown
Help us to Help Each Other Lord - Wesley
Here O my Lord I See Thee - Bonar
Here O my Lord I See Thee Face to Face - Bonar
Holy Spirit Truth Divine - Longfellow

I Want Jesus to Walk with Me - Unknown
I'm Not Ashamed To Own my Lord - Watts
In Christ there is no East or West
In Thee is Gladness - Winkworth, trans from Lindemann

Jesus Lover of my Soul - Wesley
Jesus my Lord my God my All
Jesus United By Thy Grace - Wesley
Just A Closer Walk With Thee - Unknown
Just as I Am Without One Plea
Let it Breathe on Me - Lewis-Butts (1880-1949) - not free-use in the USA, but is in many countries
Living For Jesus - Chisholm (1866-1960) - free-use in the USA but not elsewhere
Lo He Comes with Clouds Descending
Lord Who at thy First Eucharist Didst Pray
Love Divine all Loves Excelling
Love's Redeeming Work is Done - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

My Faith Looks up to Thee - Palmer (1808-1887)
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (On Christ the Solid Rock) - Mote
Now Glad of Heart be Everyone - Fox-Strangways (1859-1948)
Now it is Evening, Time to Cease from Labour - Woodward
O Breath of Life Come Sweeping Through Us - Head
O Breathe on Me O Breath of God
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley
O Master Let me Walk with Thee (You) - Gladden
O Praise the King of Heaven - Tembo (c 1937)
O Sons and Daughters Let Us Sing - Neale (1818 – 1866)
O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright - Benson (1855-1930)
Our Blest Redeemer - Auger (1773-1862)

Partaking of the Lord's Supper (Jesus we thus obey) - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Peace be to This Congregation - Wesley
Peace, Perfect Peace - original version
Praise for the Fountain Opened - Cowper (1731-1800)
Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him

Rock of Ages Cleft for Me
Rule of Life - John Wesley (1703-1791)
Sing Hey for the Carpenter - Neale (1818-1866)
Speak Lord in the Stillness - Crawford (1864-1927)
Spirit of God Descend Upon my Heart - Croly

That Eastertide With Joy Was Bright  - Neale (1818-1866)
The Day of Resurrection (Earth tell it out abroad) - Neale (1818-1866)
The Lord of Heaven Confess - Wither (1588-1667)
The Parting Hymn (Saviour again to Thy dear name) - Davis / Ellerton
Thine be the Glory
This Joyful Eastertide - Woodward
Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow - Baring-Gould (1834-1924)
Thuma Mina - Based on a traditional Zulu song
Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus - Stead (1850-1917)
To God be the Glory
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus - Lemmel (1863-1961) - free-use in the USA but not elsewhere
Trust and Obey

Victory in Jesus - Bartlett
We Love the Place O God - Bullock
We Walk By Faith
When Our Futures Are Uncertain  - Low
When we Walk with the Lord (Trust and Obey)
Ye Sons and Daughters Let us Sing / of the King - Neale (1818 – 1866)

Hymns which may still be copyright

Alleluia Jesus Is Risen - Brokering (1926-2009)
And They'll Know we are Christians by our Love (We are One in the Spirit) - Scholltes
As we Gather - Kendrick (b 1950)
Breath of God Breath of Peace - Tice (b 1979)
Bring Your Hand and Feel the Place of the Nails - Angrisano/Hart/Stephan
By Your Kingly Power O Risen Lord - McAuley (1917-1976)

Camina Pueblo De Dios (Walk On O People of God) - Lockwood, trans from Gabaraín
Christ Has Risen While Earth Slumbers - Bell (b. 1949) / Maule (1958-2019)
Christ Is Alive Let Christians Sing - Wren
Christ is Risen Shout Hosanna - Wren (b 1936)

Easter People Raise Your Voices - James (1915-2014)
Father Make us One - Ridings (b 1955)
Filled with the Spirit's Power
Forgive Our Sins As we Forgive - Herklots
God is Here (as we His people meet) - Pratt Green (1903–2000)

He Is Our Peace - Tornquist [Groves] (1945-2022)
Here O Lord Your Servants Gather - Stowe (1897-1979), translated from Yamaguchi
I Come With Joy A Child of God - Wren
I Serve a Risen Savior (He lives) - Ackley (1887-1960)

Jesus Calls Us Here to Meet Him - Maule / Bell
Jesus Stand Among Us - Kendrick
Let There be Love Shared Among Us - Bilborough
Like A Mighty River Flowing - Perry
Lord I Believe in You - Walker
Lord I Lift Your Name On High - Founds

Make Me A Servant - Willard
Of All the Spirit's Gifts to Me - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
Put Peace into Each Other's Hands - Kaan (1929-2009)
Show me Your Hands, Your Side, Your Feet - Dunstan
Surely the Presence of the Lord Is In This Place - Wolfe

The Bond of Love - Skilling
These Things Did Thomas Count as Real - Troeger (1945-2022)
This is the Spirit’s Entry Now - Herbranson (1933-2009)
We are Walking\We are Marching\Siyahamba - Nyberg / various
We Meet You O Christ - Kaan (1929-2009)
What Peace Is There For Tarnished Lives  - Pratt (b 1948)
When Easter to the Dark World Came - Hamilton (1886-1958)

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