Hymnathon 2017 – Hour by Hour, hymn first lines

Which hymns would you like to sing – and when are they on?

Find out when your favourite hymns will be sung by looking at our Hour by Hour guide below.
A shorter version, showing just the hymn numbers, is here.        Hymnathon 2017

The Hymnathon: Hour by Hour (approx.)

Friday 12 Noon to 1pm


001 Creator of the world, to thee

002 O heavenly Word, eternal Light

003 Come, thou long-expected Jesus

004 Gabriel’s message does away

005 Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding

006 Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes

007 Hills of the north, rejoice

008 Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates

009 Lo, he comes with clouds descending

010 Long ago, prophets knew

011 O come, O come Emmanuel

012 On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

013 O quickly come, dread Judge of all

014 The advent of our God

015 The Lord will come and not be slow

016 Wake, O wake! with tidings thrilling

017 When came in flesh the incarnate Word

018 Ye servants of the Lord

Friday 1pm to 2pm


019 Come, thou Redeemer of the earth

020 From east to west, from shore to shore

021 A great and mighty wonder

022 Away in a manger, no crib for a bed

023 Behold, the great Creator makes

024 Christians, awake! salute the happy morn

025 God rest you merry, gentlemen

026 Hark, the herald angels sing

027 How bright appears the Morning Star

028 In the bleak midwinter

029 It came upon the midnight clear

030 O come, all ye faithful

031 O little One sweet, O little One mild

032 O little town of Bethlehem

033 Of the Father’s love begotten

034 Once in royal David’s city

035 Silent night! Holy night!

036 The first Nowell the angel did say

Friday 2pm to 3pm

037 The great God of heaven is come down to earth

038 The Maker of the sun and moon

039 Unto us a boy is born

040 What child is this, who, laid to rest

041 Where is this stupendous stranger?

042 While shepherds watched their flocks by night

Sundays after Christmas

043 Child of the stable’s secret birth

044 Faithful vigil ended

045 The growing limbs of God the Son


046 Why, impious Herod, should’st thou fear

047 As with gladness men of old

048 Earth has many a noble city

049 Brightest and best of the sons of the morning

050 From the eastern mountains

051 Hail, thou source of every blessing

052 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

Epiphany to Lent

053 This day the first of days was made

054 O Trinity of blessed Light

Friday 3pm to 4pm

055 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

056 Songs of thankfulness and praise

057 The race that long in darkness pined

058 The sinless one to Jordan came


059 Now is the healing time decreed

060 O kind Creator, bow thine ear

061 O Christ, who art the Light and Day

062 Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended

063 All ye who seek for sure relief

064 Be thou my guardian and my guide

065 Christian, dost thou see them

066 Forgive our sins as we forgive

067 Forty days and forty nights

068 Jesus, Lord of life and glory

069 Lord, in this thy mercy’s day

070 Lord Jesus, think on me

071 Maker of earth, to thee alone

072 My faith looks up to thee

Friday 4pm to 5pm

073 My God, I love thee; not because

074 O for a heart to praise my God

075 O thou who dost to man accord

076 Take up thy cross, the Saviour said

Refreshment Sunday

077 The God of love my Shepherd is


078 Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle

079 The royal banners forward go

080 Servant of God, remember

081 Dost thou truly seek renown

082 Drop, drop, slow tears

083 Glory be to Jesus

084 It is a thing most wonderful

085 Jesus, meek and lowly

086 My song is love unknown

087 Nature with open volume stands

088 Now my soul, thy voice upraising

089 O dearest Lord, thy sacred head

090 O sacred head, sore wounded

Friday 5pm to 6pm

091 Sweet the moments, rich in blessing

092 There is a green hill far away

093 Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

094 We sing the praise of him who died

095 When I survey the wondrous Cross

Holy Week

096 O thou, who through this holy week

097 At the Cross her station keeping

098 O come and mourn with me awhile

099 It is finished! blessed Jesus


100 The day draws on with golden light

101 The Lamb’s high banquet we await

102 A brighter dawn is breaking

103 Alleluia, Alleluia, hearts to heaven and voices raise

104 At the Lamb’s high feast we sing

105 Christ the Lord is risen again

106 Come, ye faithful, raise the strain

107 Good Christian men, rejoice and sing

108 Hail Easter bright, in glory dight

Friday 6pm to 7pm

109 Hail thee, festival day

110 Jesus Christ is risen today

111 Jesus Christ is risen

112 Jesus lives! thy terrors now

113 Love’s redeeming work is done

114 Now is eternal life

115 Now the green blade riseth

116 O praise our great and gracious Lord

117 The day of Resurrection

118 The Lord is risen indeed

119 The strife is o’er, the battle done

120 Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son

121 This joyful Eastertide

122 Thou hallowed chosen morn of praise

123 Walking in a garden

124 Ye choirs of new Jerusalem

125 Ye sons and daughters of the King


126 Lord, in thy name thy servants plead

Friday 7pm to 8pm

127 To thee our God we fly


128 Eternal Monarch, King most high

129 O Christ our hope, our heart’s desire

130 Hail the day that sees him rise

131 O King most high of earth and sky

132 See the Conqueror mounts in triumph

133 The eternal gates lift up their heads

134 The head that once was crowned with thorns

135 The Lord ascendeth up on high

Pentecost or Whitsun

136 Rejoice, the year upon its way

137 Come down, O Love divine

138 Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire

139 Come, thou Holy Spirit, come

140 Holy Spirit, come, confirm us

141 Holy Spirit, ever dwelling

142 Sing to him in whom creation

143 Spirit of mercy, truth and love

Trinity Sunday

144 Father most holy, merciful and loving

Friday 8pm to 9pm

145 All hail, adored Trinity

146 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty

147 Most ancient of all mysteries

148 The God of Abraham praise

Trinity to Advent

149 Father, we praise thee, now the night is over

150 O blest Creator of the light

151 Now that the daylight fills the sky

152 Creator of the earth and sky

Holy Days: Proper

153 O let the heart beat high with bliss

154 A heavenly splendor from on high

155 We sing the glorious conquest

156 Sing how the age-long promise of a Saviour

157 Hail to the Lord who comes

158 We praise thy name, all holy Lord

159 I bind unto myself today

160 Lord, hear the praises of thy faithful people

161 For Mary, Mother of the Lord

162 Lord God of Hosts, within whose hand

Friday 9pm to 10pm

163 The Saint who first found grace to pen

164 Twin princes of the courts of heaven

165 The highest and the holiest place

166 Now in holy celebration

167 The son of Consolation

168 On this high feast day honour we the Baptist

169 Hail, harbinger of morn

170 Lo, in the wilderness a voice

171 With golden splendour and with roseate hues of morn

172 Thou art the Christ, O Lord

173 Blessed Thomas, doubt no longer

174 Mary, weep not, weep no longer

175 Lord, who shall sit beside thee

176 O vision blest of heavenly light

177 Christ, upon the mountain peak

178 Tis good, Lord, to be here

179 Saints of God! Lo, Jesus’ people

180 Hail, O star that pointest

Friday 10pm to 11pm

181 The Lord whom earth and sea and sky

182 Her Virgin eyes saw God incarnate born

183 O glorious Maid, exalted far

184 Shall we not love thee, Mother dear

185 Sing we of the Blessed Mother

186 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

187 Victim divine, thy grace we claim

188 Ye who own the faith of Jesus

189 He sat to watch o’er customs paid

190 Christ, the fair glory of the holy angels

191 Around the throne of God a band

192 Sons of the Holy One bright with his splendour

193 Stars of the morning, so gloriously bright

194 Saviour, who didst healing give

195 Lord of all the saints, we praise thee

196 Father, in whom thy saints are one

197 For all the saints who from their labours rest

198 The Church triumphant in thy love

Friday 11pm to 12 midnight

199 God, whose city’s sure foundation

200 Jesus calls us! o’er the tumult

201 Stephen, first of Christian martyrs

202 Word supreme, before creation

203 When Christ was born in Bethlehem

204 Blessed city, heavenly Salem

205 Christ is made the sure foundation

206 Christ is our cornerstone

207 Eternal Power, whose high abode

208 In our day of thanksgiving one psalm let us offer

209 Lo, God is here! let us adore

210 Only-begotten, Word of God eternal

211 O Word of God above

212 Zion’s daughters, Sons of Jerusalem

Holy Days: General

213 The eternal gifts of Christ the King

214 Let the round world with songs rejoice

215 Captains of the saintly band

216 Disposer supreme, and Judge of the earth

Saturday 12 midnight to 1am (+ Midnight Feast)

217 Martyr of God, whose strength was steeled

218 O God, thy soldiers’ crown and guard

219 Let our choir new anthems raise

220 He who bore witness by a good confessio

221 O God, thy loving care for man

222 As we remember, Lord, thy faithful handmaid

223 O Jesus, Saviour of mankind

224 For all thy saints, O Lord

225 Give me the wings of faith to rise

226 Hark, the sound of holy voices

227 How bright these glorious spirits shine

228 Jerusalem, thou City blest

229 Joy and triumph everlasting

230 Palms of glory, raiment bright

231 Who are these like stars appearing

  1. Times and Seasons


232 Awake, my soul, and with the sun

233 Glory to thee, who safe hast kept

234 Christ, whose glory fills the skies

Saturday 1am to 2am

235 Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go

236 Lord, as I wake, I turn to you

237 Morning has broken

238 New every morning is the love

Morning or Evening

239 Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy

240 When all the world to life is waking


241 Before the ending of the day

242 As now the sun’s declining rays

243 At even, ere the sun was set

244 Glory to thee, my God, this night

245 God, that madest earth and heaven

246 Holy Father, cheer our way

247 O gladsome light, O grace

248 O strength and stay upholding all creation

249 Round me falls the night

250 Saviour, again to thy dear name we raise

251 Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear

252 The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended

Saturday 2am to 3am

253 The duteous day now closeth

254 Come, let us with our Lord arise

255 Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day

256 On this day, the first of days

257 This is the day the Lord hath made

258 O Christ the same, through all our story’s pages


259 Come, ye thankful people, come

260 Fair waved the golden corn

261 To thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise

262 We plough the fields, and scatter

God in Nature

263 All creatures of our God and King

264 All things bright and beautiful

265 Lord of beauty, thine the splendour

266 The Lord reigns clothed in strength and power

267 The spacious firmament on high

Holy Communion

268 Of the glorious body telling

269 The heavenly Word, proceeding forth

270 According to thy gracious word

Saturday 3am to 4am

271 Alleluia, sing to Jesus

272 All for Jesus, all for Jesus

273 And now, O Father, mindful of the love

274 Author of life divine

275 Blessed Jesus, Mary’s Son

276 Bread of heaven, on thee we feed

277 Bread of the world in mercy broken

278 Christ be with me

279 Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest

280 Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness

281 Draw nigh and take the Body of the Lord

282 Faithful Shepherd, feed me

283 Father, see thy children

284 Father, we thank thee, who hast planted

285 For the beauty of the earth

286 From glory to glory advancing, we praise thee, O Lord

287 Glory, love, and praise, and honour

288 God everlasting, wonderful and holy

Saturday 4am to 5am

289 Hail, true Body, born of Mary

290 Holy Ghost, we offer here

291 Jesus, the very thought is sweet

292 Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts

293 Jesus, our Master, on the night they came

294 Just as I am, without one plea

295 Let all mortal flesh keep silence

296 Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour

297 Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us

298 May the grace of Christ our Saviour

299 My spirit longs for thee

300 O food of men wayfaring

301 O most merciful

302 O thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray

303 O Word immortal of eternal God

304 Once, only once, and once for all

305 Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast

306 Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands

Saturday 5am to 6am

307 Sweet sacrament divine

308 Thee we adore, O hidden Saviour, thee

309 Victim divine, thy grace we claim

310 We hail thy Presence glorious

311 We pray thee, heavenly Father

312 Where the appointed sacrifice

313 Wherefore, O Father, we thy humble servants

314 With solemn faith we offer up

315 Word of the Father, source of all things living

Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage

316 Sing to the Lord glad hymns of praise

317 With Christ we share a mystic grave

318 My God, accept my heart this day

319 O God, whose loving hand has led

320 O perfect Love, all human thought transcending


321 Go forth for God: go forth to the world in peace

322 Pour out thy Spirit from on high

Sickness and Healing

323 Father of mercy, God of consolation

324 Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old

Saturday 6am to 7am

325 Thou to whom the sick and dying

Funerals and the Departed

326 Brief life is here our portion

327 Christ, enthroned in highest heaven

328 God be in my head

329 Jesus, Son of Mary

330 What sweet of life endureth

  1. General Hymns

331 Abide with me; fast falls the eventide

332 All hail the power of Jesus’ name

333 All my hope on God is founded

334 All people that on earth do dwell

335 All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine

336 Angel voices ever singing

337 As pants the hart for cooling streams

338 At the Name of Jesus

339 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart

340 Beyond all mortal praise

341 Blest are the pure in heart

342 Breathe on me, Breath of God

Saturday 7am to 8am

(With Breakfast from 7.30 to 8.30, served in St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, in aid of the Organ Appeal and charities)

343 Bright the vision that delighted

344 Children of the heavenly King

345 Christ is the King, O friends rejoice

346 City of God, how broad and far

347 Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove

348 Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire

349 Come, let us join our cheerful songs

350 Come, O thou Traveler unknown

351 Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem

352 Crown him with many crowns

353 Dear Lord and Father of mankind

354 Eternal Father, strong to save

355 Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round

356 Father eternal, Lord of the ages

357 Father, hear the prayer we offer

358 Father of heaven, whose love profound

359 Fight the good fight with all thy might

360 Firmly I believe and truly

Saturday 8am to 9am

361 Forth in the peace of Christ we go

362 Glorious things of thee are spoken

363 Glory in the highest to the God of heaven

364 God is Love: let heaven adore him

365 God moves in a mysterious way

366 God of mercy, God of grace

367 Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost

368 Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

369 Happy are they, they that love God

370 Help us, O Lord, to learn

371 He wants not friends that hath thy love

372 He who would valiant be

373 How shall I sing that majesty

374 How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds

375 I danced in the morning

376 I heard the voice of Jesus say

377 Immortal, invisible, God only wise

378 Immortal love for ever full

Saturday 9am to 10am

379 In the Cross of Christ I glory

380 It is finished! Christ hath known

381 Jerusalem the golden

382 Jesus, grant me this, I pray

383 Jesus, lover of my soul

384 Jesus, my Lord, my God, my all

385 Jesus, the very thought of thee

386 O Jesus, King most wonderful

387 Jesus, good above all other

388 Jesus shall reign where’er the sun

389 Jesus, these eyes have never seen

390 Jesus, where’er thy people meet

391 King of glory, King of peace

392 Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom

393 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

394 Let all the world in every corner sing

395 Let bells peal forth the universal fame

396 Let saints on earth in concert sing

Saturday 10am to 11am

397 Let us with a gladsome mind

398 Lift up your hearts! We lift them, Lord, to thee

399 Light of the lonely pilgrim’s heart

400 Light of the minds that know him

401 Light’s abode, celestial Salem

402 Lord, it belongs not to my care

403 Lord of all being, throned afar

404 Lord of our life, and God of our salvation

405 Lord of the boundless curves of space

406 Lord, teach us how to pray aright

407 Lord, thy word abideth

408 Love divine, all loves excelling

409 Love of the Father, Love of God the Son

410 My God, how wonderful thou art

411 My Lord, my Life, my Love

412 My soul, there is a country

413 Now thank we all our God

414 O for a closer walk with God

Saturday 11am to 12 Noon

415 O for a thousand tongues to sing

416 O God of Bethel, by whose hand

417 O God, our help in ages past

418 O happy band of pilgrims

419 O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace

420 O Jesus, I have promised

421 O King enthroned on high

422 O Lord of heaven and earth and sea

423 O Lord of hosts, all heaven possessing

424 O love divine, how sweet thou art

425 O love, how deep, how broad, how high

426 O praise the Lord, ye servants of the Lord

427 O praise ye the Lord! praise him in the height

428 O Son of God, eternal Love

429 O thou in all thy might so far

430 O thou not made with hands

431 O thou who camest from above

432 O what their joy and their glory must be

Saturday 12 Noon to 1pm

433 O worship the King all glorious above

434 Oft in danger, oft in woe

435 Onward, Christian soldiers

436 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

437 Praise the Lord, ye heavens, adore him

438 Praise to God, whose word was spoken

439 Praise to the Holiest in the height

440 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation

441 Pray that Jerusalem may have

442 Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire

443 Rejoice, the Lord is King

444 Rejoice today with one accord

445 Rock of ages, cleft for me

446 Sing alleluia forth ye saints on high

447 Sing praise to God who reigns above

448 Sing ye faithful, sing with gladness

449 Soldiers of Christ, arise

450 Soldiers, who are Christ’s below

Saturday 1pm to 2pm

451 Songs of praise the angels sang

452 Stand up, and bless the Lord

453 Stand up, stand up for Jesus

454 Still throned in heaven, to men in unbelief

455 Strong Son of God, immortal Love

456 Teach me, my God and King

457 The King of love my Shepherd is

458 The Lord my pasture shall prepare

459 The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want

460 There is a land of pure delight

461 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

462 They whose course on earth is o’er

463 Thine for ever! God of love

464 Thou art the way: by thee alone

465 Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown

466 Thou, whose almighty word

467 Through all the changing scenes of life

468 Through the night of doubt and sorrow

Saturday 2pm to 3pm

469 To Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love

470 To the Name of our salvation

471 We love the place, O God

472 When all thy mercies, O my God

473 When morning gilds the skies

474 Who is this, so weak and helpless

475 Ye holy angels bright

476 Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim

477 Ye that know the Lord is gracious

478 Ye watchers and ye holy ones

  1. Church and People

The Church: its Unity and Mission

479 Faith of our fathers, taught of old

480 In Christ there is no East or West

481 Jesus, Lord, we look to thee

482 Spread, O spread, thou mighty word

483 The Church of God a kingdom is

484 The Church’s one foundation

485 Thy hand, O God, has guided

486 We have a gospel to proclaim

Saturday 3pm to 4pm

(followed by Afternoon Tea, served in
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall,
in aid of the Organ & Parish Rooms Appeal)

487 You, living Christ, our eyes behold


488 And did those feet in ancient time

489 God save our gracious Queen

490 Judge eternal, throned in splendour

491 Lord, while for all mankind we pray

492 O God of earth and altar

493 Rejoice, O land, in God thy might

The Kingdom of God

494 Christ is the world’s true Light

495 God is working his purpose out

496 O Christ the Lord, O Christ the King

497 O Lord our God, arise

498 Son of God, eternal Saviour

499 Thy Kingdom come, O God

500 Thy Kingdom come! on bended knee

Saturday 4pm to 5pm

Liturgical Section

501 Drop down, ye heavens, from above

502 Saviour eternal! Health and life of the world

503 O Wisdom, which camest

504 Magnificat

505 Come rejoicing, Faithful men

506 The Candlemas Ceremony (Nunc dimittis)

507 Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us

508 The Palm Procession

509 All glory, laud, and honour

510 O Jerusalem, look toward the East

511 Ride on, ride on in majesty

512 Blest by the sun, the olive tree

513 God is love, and where true love is

514 Come, Christ’s beloved

515 Maundy Thursday: Stripping of the Altar (Psalm 22)

516 Good Friday: Veneration of the Cross

517 Good Friday: Crux fidelis

518 Easter Vigil: Psalms after the Lessons

519 Christians to the Paschal Victim

Saturday 5pm to 6pm

520 Come, thou Holy Spirit, come

521 Laud, O Zion, thy salvation

522 Zion’s daughters, Sons of Jerusalem

523 Spouse of Christ, whose earthly conflict

524 Day of wrath! O day of mourning!

525 Rest eternal, grant unto them, O Lord

526 Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant

527 Antiphons and Collects for Processions

Saturday 6pm to 7pm

528-540 Responsorial Psalms

541 A New English Folk Mass

542 Holy Communion (Merbecke)


Grand Finale:

Hymn that receives the most backing – this will be announced within the final hour.