List of English-language hymnals by denomination

Hymnals, also called hymnbooks (or hymn books) and occasionally hymnaries, are books of hymns sung by religious congregations. The following is a list of English-language hymnals by denomination.

Denominational Hymnals


See also Mennonite.


The hymnals of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines & the 1940 Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
Some pages of the ECP Trial Hymnal containing some songs in some Igorot languages. (Top-right) Nay Chawatem Ay Apo, a song of praiase and (below) Os-os Daongan, a wedding song.
The Amoy Hymnal published by the Church of the Province of South East Asia.
The Amoy Hymnbook showing a song and part of the service in English and Fookien.

Assemblies of God


British Pentecostal Fellowship



Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A.

Christian Science

Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)

Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)

Church of God in Christ

Church of God (Seventh Day)

Church of the Brethren

  • The Brethren's Tune and Hymn Book (1872)
  • Sunday School Song Book (1893)
  • Missionary Hymn Book (1893)
  • The Brethren Hymnal (1901)
  • Kingdom Songs (1911)
  • Kingdom Songs no. 2 (1917 & 1918)
  • Hymnal - Church of the Brethren (1925)
  • The Brethren Hymnal (1951)
  • Hymnal: A Worship Book (1992)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

For older hymnals, see the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hymns.

Church of the Nazarene

  • Special Sacred Songs, Lillenas Publishing (1919)
  • Special Sacred Songs No. 2: Sacred Solos, Duets, Quartets, Lillenas Publishing (1920)
  • Special Sacred Songs No. 3: Sacred Solos, Duets, Quartets for Use By Singing Evangelists and All Other Gospel Singers, Lillenas Publishing (1927)
  • Songs of Full Salvation, Lillenas Publishing
  • New Songs of the Old Faith, Lillenas Publishing
  • New Songs of the Old Faith No. 2, Lillenas Publishing (1927) 276 hymns
  • Favorite Gospel Songs, Lillenas Publishing (c1927) 79 songs
  • Great Gospel Songs, Lillenas Publishing (1929) 163 hymns
  • Glorious Gospel Songs, Lillenas Publishing (1931) 1st official hymnal
  • Lillenas' Solos and Duets Number 1, Lillenas Publishing (1931) 118 songs
  • Lillenas' Songs for Men, Lillenas Publishing (1931) 126 songs
  • The Lillenas' Ladies Voices, Lillenas Publishing
  • Songs of Victorious Faith, Lillenas Publlishing (c1935) 203 songs
  • New Sacred Solos and Duets, Lillenas Publishing (1939)
  • Hymns of Conquest, Lillenas Publishing (1940)
  • Sacred Trios For Women, Lillenas Publishing (1941)
  • Inspiring Gospel Solos & Duets Number 1, Lillenas Publishing
  • Inspiring Gospel Solos & Duets Number 2, Lillenas Publishing (1948)
  • Singing Joy: A Chorus Book for Young People, Lillenas Publishing (1950) 178 songs
  • Glorious Freedom: Songs for Evangelism, Lillenas Publishing (1951) 129 songs
  • Showers of Blessing No. 1, Lillenas Publishing,
  • Showers of Blessing No. 2, Lillenas Publishing, 138 songs
  • Praise and Worship, Lillenas Publishing (1952), also Nazarine Publishing House, pref. 1951; the 2nd official hymnal
  • Rejoice and Sing! A Hymnal for All Services with Accent on Youth, Lillenas Publishing (1958)
  • Joyfully Sing - A Hymnal For Juniors, Lillenas Publishing (1968)
  • Songs of the Sanctuary, Lillenas Publishing (1970) 345 hymns
  • Reasons to Sing: A Songbook for Youth Today, Lillenas Publishing (1971) 62 songs
  • Worship in Song, Lillenas Publishing (1972) 3rd official hymnal
  • Scriptures To Sing: New And Old (A Supplementary Hymnal, Designed For Use By Youth, Bible Study, And Prayers Fellowships), Lillenas Publishing (1977)
  • Wesley Hymns, Lillenas Publishing (1982) 164 Hymns of John Wesley and Charles Wesley
  • Exalt Him! Hymnal Supplemental, Lillenas Publishing (19--)
  • Sing to the Lord, Lillenas Publishing (1993) 4th and current official hymnal

Churches of Christ

  • Christian Hymnbook, Alexander Campbell (1865)
  • The Christian Hymnal, American Christian Missionary Society (1882)
  • New Christian Hymn and Tune, Fillmore Brothers (1882)
  • Gloria in Excelsis, William E.M. Hackleman (1905)
  • Great Songs of the Church (later, revised and supplemented by ACU Press), E.L. Jorgenson (1921)
  • Choice Gospel Hymns, Charles Mitchell Pullias (1923)
  • Christian Hymns, L.O. Sanderson (1935)
  • Complete Christian Hymnal, Marion Davis (1940)
  • Christian Hymns II, L.O. Sanderson (1948)
  • Sacred Selections for the Church, Ellis J. Crum (1956)
  • Majestic Hymnal II, Reuel Lemmons (1959)
  • Abiding Hymns, Robert C. Welch (1963)
  • Christian Hymnal, J. Nelson Slater (1963)
  • Christian Hymns III, L.O. Sanderson (1966)
  • Special Sacred Selections, Ellis J. Crum (1977)
  • Songs of the Church (later, supplemented and revised by Taylor Publications), Alton Howard publishing (1977)
  • Hymns of Praise, Reuel Lemmons (Firm Foundation, 1978)
  • Church Gospel Songs and Hymns, V.E. Howard Publishing (1983)
  • Hymns for Worship (Revised in 1994 with a couple hundred more selections), R.J. Stevens publishing (1987)
  • Praise for the Lord, John P. Wiegand (1992)
  • Songs of Faith and Praise, Alton Howard publishing (1993)
  • Sacred Songs of the Church, W. D. Jeffcoat, Psallo Publications (2007)
  • Songs for Worship and Praise, R.J. Taylor Publications (2010)
  • Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, Sumphonia Productions, LLC (2012)

Churches of Christ in Australia

Community of Christ

  • Community of Christ Sings (2013) ISBN 978-0-8309-1552-1 (pew) and ISBN 978-0-8309-1553-8 (musicians / Large print)
  • Hymns of the Saints (1981) ISBN 0-8309-0326-7 [4]
  • Sing A New Song (1999) ISBN 0-8309-0827-7
  • Sing for Peace (1994) ISBN 0-8309-0665-7
  • Hymns of the Restoration (Restoration Hymn Society), Enlarged ed. (1984), without ISBN
  • By Request: Songs for the Community of Christ (2004) ISBN 0-8309-1108-1
  • The Hymnal for Youth. Herald ed. (1955)
  • Children's Hymnal (1957)
  • The Hymnal (1956) [4]
  • The Saints' Hymnal (1933) [4]
  • Zion's Praises (1903) [4]
  • The Saints' Hymnal (1895) [4]
  • The Saints' Harmony (1889) [4]
  • The Saints' Harp (1870) [4]
  • The Latter Day Saints' Selection of Hymns (1861) [4]

National Association of Congregational Christian Churches

Free Pentecostal/Independent Holiness

Friends (Quakers)

Gospel Assembly Churches

Holiness (Wesleyan)


Iglesia Ni Cristo

Jehovah's Witnesses

For older hymnals, see Kingdom songs.

Union for Reform Judaism


Note: Not all congregations use a hymnal from their own denomination. For example there are churches in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod that use the two oldest LCMS hymnals as well as the current WELS hymnal.




Moravian Church

New Apostolic Church

Pentecostal Church of God

Pentecostal Holiness Church

Plymouth Brethren



See Friends


The Salvation Army

Seventh-day Adventist Church

Seventh-Day Baptist Church


Spiritualists' National Union and National Spiritualist Association of Churches

Unification Church

Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist

  • Gospel Liturgy: a prayer-book for churches, congregations, and families (1861), Universalist Church in America
  • Social Hymns and Tunes, American Unitarian Association (1869)
  • Vestry Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for all occasions of social worship (1871) Universalist Church in America
  • Services for Congregational Worship, American Unitarian Association (1898)
  • The Unitarian Faith Set Forth in Fifty Unitarian Hymns, American Unitarian Association (1914)
  • Hymns of the Church, Universalist Church in America (1917)
  • The Beacon Song and Service Book, American Unitarian Association (1935)
  • Hymns of the Spirit, Universalist Church in America and the American Unitarian Association (1937)
  • Hymns for the Celebration of Life, The Unitarian Universalist Association (1964)
  • Hymns for Living, General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (1985)
  • Hymns of Faith and Freedom, Unitarian Christian Association (1991)
  • Singing the Living Tradition, The Unitarian Universalist Association (1993) ISBN 1-55896-260-3.
  • The YRUU Song Book, The Unitarian Universalist Association Youth Office (1997)[19]
  • Singing the Journey, Supplement, The Unitarian Universalist Association (2005) ISBN 1-55896-499-1.
  • Sing Your Faith, General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (2009) ISBN 978-0-85319-077-6

United Church of Canada

United Church of Christ

United Pentecostal Church

Uniting Church in Australia

Ukrainian Evangelical Pentecostal Church

Roman Catholic Hymnals

The official sacred music of most of the Roman Catholic Church (specifically, the Roman Rite) in the form of Gregorian chant, and appears in the Roman Missal and the Roman Gradual. The Missal contains all that is to be sung during Mass by the priest at the altar, while the Gradual contains all the music sung by the choir. The standard Roman Gradual contains complex Gregorian Chant while the Graduale Simplex substitutes easier Gregorian chants. All of these are in Latin, and are published for use throughout most of the Latin Rite (the vast majority of Roman Catholic parishes.

Of Eastern Catholic rites, several of these have hymnals and service books translated in whole or in part into English. The Byzantine Rite Catholics generally use the same music as the Eastern Orthodox, although some specifoc Catholic translations of some hymn books into English do exist. All pf the Byzantine Rite churches, and their Eastern Orthodox counterparts, use essentially the same lyrics in their hymns; the primary difference between different Byzantine Rite Catholic churches, such as between Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church and the Melkite Catholic Church of Antioch, is in the form of the music used. The churches of the Rusyn ethnic group, which following the Union of Brest became Eastern Catholics developed a form of congregational singing known as Prostopinije; recently, many Rusyns in the United States and central Europe have rejoined the Eastern Orthodox church, but Prostopinike remains in use by both groups of Carpatho-Rusyn heritage, and has been adapted for use in both traditional and modern English.

Of the other Eastern Catholic Rites, the hymnals and service books lf the Maronites have been translated into English, however, for other Eastern Catholic arites, often only the liturgy of the Mass has been translated into English, frequently without seasonal propers.

The Latin Rite contains three other liturgical traditions still in use: the subtly different Rite of Braga, which is mostly like the Tridentine Mass but differing in a few minor points, historically used in Portugal before the introduction of the Novus Ordo Mossae, and the substantially different Ambrosian Rite, used by most Catholic parishes in Milan and some adjoining regions, and the Mozarabic Rite, which is also very different from the Roman Rote; at one time it was the standard liturgy throughout most of Spain during the period of Moorish occupation; later, its use dwindled, and it is now celebrated daily in a single chapel in the Toledo Cathedral built especially for that purpose; it sees very limited use elsewhere. These rites have only partially been translated into English, and are never celebrated in English, the diaspora from their locales having adopted the Roman Rite.

There are also several monastic rites slightly different from the old Tridentine Mass, such as the Dominican Rite and the Carthusian Rite. The latter remains in use, exclusively in Latin; the former was translated entirely into English, but is always celebrated in Latin; its use has become rare, but it is still celebrated on occasion. There exist official English translations of the Missal and Breviary of the Dominican Rite, but not of the other distinctive monastic usages..

It has been the practice to publish hymnals of songs in the vernacular language for more than 400 years, and many of these now contain some Latin Gregorian chants. They include the following:

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ottawa

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port of Spain

Hymnals from third-party publishers in use in the Catholic church

Portland, OR: OCP Publications

  • Journeysongs (Editions 1 & 2)(1994,2003)
  • Glory & Praise Volumes 1,2, & 3 (any one or combination thereof, softbound or hardbound)
  • Glory & Praise (Classic Edition, 2nd Edition, Comprehensive, Young People's Edition)
  • One Faith, Una Voz (bilingual)
  • Music Issue (Published Yearly)
  • Heritage Missal (Published Yearly)
  • Today's Missal (Published Yearly)
  • Breaking Bread (Published Yearly)
  • Companion Missal (Published Yearly)
  • Spirit & Song (1 & 2)(1999,2006)
  • Spirit & Song (2015)
  • Rise Up and Sing (2 editions)
  • Never Too Young
  • Flor y Canto (Spanish-language hymns)

Chicago, IL: GIA Publications

  • Gather Series
  • Gather (1988)
  • Gather II (1992)
  • Gather Comprehensive (1994)
  • Gather Comprehensive, 2nd ed. (2006)
  • Gather III (2011)
  • Worship Series
  • Worship (1971)
  • Worship II (1975)
  • Worship III (1986)
  • Worship IV (2011)
  • Catholic Community Hymnal (1999)
  • RitualSong (1996)
  • Lead Me, Guide Me (1987)
  • Lead Me, Guide Me, 2nd ed. (2011)
  • Hymnal for Catholic Students
  • Singing Our Faith
  • Hymnal for the Hours
  • Cross Generation (2009)
  • Oramos Cantando/We Pray in Song (2011)
  • Resource Collection of Hymns and Service Music for the Liturgy [I.C.E.L.] (1984)

Chicago, IL: World Library Publications (WLP)

Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press

  • The Collegeville Hymnal (1990)
  • Sacred Song (Published Triennially)
  • Our Parish Prays and Sings Hymnbook with the daily Mass chants

Nashville, TN: International Liturgy Publications

  • Saint Augustine Hymnal
  • Credo Hymnal

San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press

  • The Adoremus Hymnal (1997)
  • The Ignatius Pew Missal

Long Prairie, MN: The Neumann Press

  • St. Gregory Hymnal (2000)

Lafayette, IN: St. Boniface Church

  • St. Michael Hymnal

4th Edition 2011[20]

Faber Music

  • New Catholic Hymnal

Summit, NJ: Dominican Nuns of Summit

  • The Summit Choirbook (1983)

Corpus Christi, TX: Corpus Christi Watershed

  • Vatican II Hymnal
  • St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal

Mundelein, IL: Illuminare Publications

  • Lumen Christi Series
  • Lumen Christi Hymnal (2014)
  • Lumen Christi Simple Gradual (2014)

Hymnals Published Privately

St. Paul's Choir School

  • The St. Paul's Hymnal (2015)

Major Inter-Denominational Protestant Hymnals

Eastern Orthodox Hymnals

The Eastern Orthodox Church uses hymnals or service books consisting chiefly of the words to hymns; separate volumes, which vary by jurisdiction (for example, in the Russia Orthodox Church or Greek Orthodox Church contain the actual musical notation. Byzantine Chant is the original musical tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church, but this developed into a large number of regional variations, including the tonal, polyphonic four-part harmony of the Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian churches, and the three part melodoes of the Church of Georgia.[21]

All of the Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic churches share a common set of hymnals, which provide the basic text for the hymns. The Octoechos contains the hymns sung in each of the eight tones, used throughout most of the year; the Triodion contains the special hymns and liturgical propers of Lent and Holy Week, the Pentecostarion, also known as the Flowery Triodion, contains the equivalent proper hymns for Pascha (Easter), Brightweek, and the period of time lasting through the liturgical season generally known as Eastertide in the West, including the feast of the Ascension, Pentecost and culminating on the first Sunday after Pentecost, All Saints Day (according to the Byzantine liturgical calendar.[22]

The Menaion contains the hymns for various holidays and feasts throughout the year. Variants of it include the Festal Menaion, containing only the most important feasts of the Lord and of the Theotokos, the General Menaion, which provides abstract services for particular classes of saint, and the Monthly Menaion, a twelve volume set, all of which has been translated into English, containing all the proper hymns (canons, troparia, kontakia) for the feast says of individual saints throughout the year. Lastly, the Irmologion, not specifically translated into English but included in other volumes, such as some editions of the Octoechos and Pentecostarion, contains the Irmoi, a standard set of responsaries sung during the canons at Matins.[23]

All of these works aside from the Irmologion exist in English translations, in various forms, including anthologies. One of the oldest and most comprehensive is The Divine Prayers and Services of the Orthodox Church, compiled by Fr. Seraphim Nassar, which contains substantial excerpts from the Octoechos, the Menaion, the Triodion and the Pentecostarion.

Oriental Orthodox Hymnals

Like the Byzantine Rite, the West Syriac Rite uses an eight mode system of chant similar to Byzantine Chant and Gregorian Chant, however, traditionally this was not notated, but rather, the melodies were oassed down via oral tradition. The principal hymnal of the Syriac Orthodox Church is the Beth Gazo ("Treasury"); proper hymns for various feasts are also found in the books of the liturgy, the Shi'mo, or Divine Office, and the Fanqitho, which replaces the Shi'mo in Great Lent, Holy Week, Pascha and during major feasts throughout the church year. Of these, only the book of the Liturgy, containing the Anaphoras, in various forms, and the Shi'mo, have been translated into English.[24]

The Coptic Rite also lacks a system of musical notation; its system of chant, Tasbeha, is somewhat less complex than West Syriac Chant; it is not based on eight modes, but rather a few sets of melodies for use on different occasions; it is passed down primarily as oral tradition, and certain portions of it, for example, the chanting of the priests, rely on improvization based on the use of standard musical phrases. The Coptic Euchologion contains the hymns of the Divine Liturgy, whereas the books of the Annual Psalmody and the Khiak Psalmody contain the hymns of the divine office, the latter specifically for the season of Advent. There is also a book of offices for Holy Week, and various books containing special services such as funerals, marriages and ordinations, all of which have been translated into English. There exist also trilingual hymnals containing the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil set to Western notation.[25]

In contrast, both the Armenian Rite and Ethiopian Rite make use of musical notation, whoch in the case of the Ethiopian church is ancient, dating back to the 6th century; however, these churches serve their liturgies exclusively in Classical Armenian and Ge'ez respectively, and consequently, very little pf their hymnals or other service books have been translated into English. The hymnals and service books of the Ethiopian church are particularly obscure.[26]

Hymnals of the Church of the East

The Assyrian Church of the East, the Ancient Church of the East, the Chaldean Catholic Church and the Syro Malabar Catholic Church use the East Syriac Rite, which like the West Syriac Rite lacks a system of musical notation and is instead passed down through oral tradition; it makes use of t the following hymnals: the "Turgama" (Interpretation), containing hymns sung by deacons at the liturgy (our Graduals and Sequences), the David (Dawidha = Psalter), "Khudhra" (= "cycle", containing antiphons, responsories, hymns, and collects for all Sundays), "Kash Kõl" (= "Collection of all"; the same chants for week-days), "Kdham u-Wathar" (= "Before and after"; certain prayers, psalms, and collects most often used, from the other books), "Gezza" ("Treasury", services for feast-days), Abu-Halim (the name of the compiler, containing collects for the end of the Nocturns on Sundays), "Bautha d'Ninwaie" (= "Prayer of the Ninevites", a collection of hymns ascribed to St. Ephraem, used in Lent). The Baptism Office ("Taksa d'Amadha") is generally bound up with the Liturgies. The "Taksa d'Siamidha" has the ordination services. The "Taksa d'Husaia" contains the office for Penance, the "Kthawa d'Burrakha" is the marriage service, the "Kahneita", the burial of clergy, the "Annidha" that of laymen. Lastly the "Khamis" and "Warda" are further collections of hymns (see Badger, "The Nestorians and their Rituals", London, 1852, II, 16-25). Naturally not every church possesses this varied collection of books, and most have not been translated into English. Nonetheless. there are 19th century translations available of the Divine Liturgy and the Divine Office. [27]

Notes and references

  3. The Red-back Hymnal
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Joseph Smith Jr. Bicentennial Hymn Festival, Hymns of a Common Heritage". Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  5. Lutheran Service Book. Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. 2006. ISBN 0-7586-1217-6.
  6. Hymnal Supplement 98. Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. 1998. ISBN 0-570-01212-0.
  7. Lutheran Worship. Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. 1982. ISBN 0-570-03983-5.
  8. Joyful Sounds. Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. 1977. ISBN 0-570-01016-0.
  9. Worship Supplement. Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. 1969. Unknown ID 75-92868.
  10. The Lutheran Hymnal. Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House. 1941.
  11. Hymnal Supplement 1991. Chicago: GIA Publications, INC. 1991. ISBN 0-941050-25-4.
  12. Christian Worship: Supplement. Milwaukee, WI: Northwestern Publishing House. 2008.
  13. Christian Worship. Milwaukee, WI: Northwestern Publishing House. 1993. ISBN 0-8100-0422-4.
  14. Hymnals (MC)
  16. 1 2 3 4 5 The Moravian Hymn Book authorized for use in the British Province of the Moravian Church, The Moravian Book Room London, 1969.
  17. 1 2 3 4 Moravian Worship, Fred Linyard and Phillip Tovey, Grove Books Limited, 1994, ISBN 1-85174-271-9.
  18. 1 2 3 Bookroom of the British Province of the Moravian Church
  19. Retrieved December 10, 2013
  21. The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity; the Oxford History of Christian Worship
  22. The Orthodox Church, by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware
  23. The Festal Menaion, translated by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware and Mother Mary
  24. Margoneetho: Shriac Orthodox Resources
  25. The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity
  26. The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity
  27. 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia
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