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List of Hymnals

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.


  • Church of England
    The Church of England has no official hymnals. But various hymnals have been produced with C. of E. usage much in mind.
  • The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia / Te Hahi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Niu Tireni, ki Nga Moutere o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa
    Has no official hymnals. But various books produced by the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust are suitable NZ Anglican usage.

Assemblies of God

  • Assembly Songs (1948)
  • Redemption Hymnal (1951)
  • Melodies of Praise (1957)
  • Hymns of Glorious Praise (1969)
  • Sing His Praise (1991)


  • American Baptist Churches (formerly American Baptist Convention, previously Northern Baptist Convention)
    • Christian Worship (1941, jointly with Disciples of Christ)
    • Hymnbook for Christian Worship (1970, jointly with Disciples of Christ)
    • Revival Gems: a Small Book with a Big Mission (1921)
  • Baptist General Conference
    • Gospel Hymnal (1950)
    • Worship and Service Hymnal with Favorite Swedish-Translation Hymns appended (1964, available only from Harvest Publications)
  • National Baptist Convention
    • Baptist Standard Hymnal with Responsive Readings
    • The New National Baptist Hymnal
    • Gospel Pearls
  • Primitive Baptist
    • Harp of Ages
    • Old Baptist Hymns (2012)
    • Old School Hymnal
    • Primitive Baptist Hymn Book
    • The Good Old Songs
    • Songs of Faith (Double Oak Press) (2000)
    • The Primitive Baptist Hymnal (2004)

British Pentecostal Fellowship



  • Praise The Lord (Hoddesdon Christadelphian Services, 2000)
  • Christadelphian Hymn Book (Christadelphian Magazine and Publishing Association, 2003)
  • Worship (Christadelphian Art Trust, 2008)

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

  • Chalice Praise (2002)
  • Chalice Hymnal (1995)
  • Hymnbook for Christian Worship (1970, jointly with American Baptist Convention)
  • Christian Worship (1941, jointly with Northern Baptist Convention)

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

  • His Fullness Songs (1977)

Christian Science

Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)

  • Select Hymns For Christian Worhip and General Gospel Service (1911)
  • (1918)
  • (1923)
  • (1926)
  • (1938)
  • * Select Hymns For Christian Worhip and General Gospel Service Number 2 (1950)
  • Worship the Lord - Hymnal of the Church of God (1989)

Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)

  • Church Hymnal (1951)
  • Hymns Of The Spirit (1969)

Church of God in Christ

  • Yes, Lord! (1982)

Church of God (Seventh Day)

  • Songs of Truth (1916)
  • Hymns of Truth (No. 1) (1940)
  • Hymns of Truth (No. 2) (1955)
  • Worship in Song (1967)

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.
  • A Selection from the "Songs of Zion" (1918?). N.B.: Excerpted from that fuller hymnal.
  • Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Intellectual Reserve, Inc. (1985)
  • Hymnes [de l']Église de Jésus-Christ des saints des derniers jours (1954, reprinted in 1971)
  • Relief Society Songs (1940)

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
  • Exhalt 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

  • Zion's Praises (1903) [2]
  • The Saints' Hymnal (1895) [2]
  • The Saints' Harmony (1889) [2]
  • The Saints' Harp (1870) [2]
  • The Latter Day Saints' Selection of Hymns (1861) [2]

National Association of Congregational Christian Churches

  • The Pilgrim Hymnal (1904)
  • Hymns for a Pilgrim People, GIA Publications (2007)

Free Pentecostal/Independent Holiness

  • Songs We Sing - Complete (1954)
  • Holiness Hymns of Praise No. 1 (1981)
  • Songs With a Message (1985)
  • Holiness Hymns of Praise No. 2 (2004)

Friends (Quakers)

  • Worship in Song

Gospel Assembly Churches

  • Voices of Praise (1982)
  • New Voices of Praise (1988)
  • Glorious Praise

Holiness (Wesleyan)

  • Songs of Amazing Grace

Jehovah's Witnesses

For older hymnals, see Kingdom songs.
  • Sing to Jehovah, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania (2009)

Jewish: Reform Judaism (North America)

  • "Union Hymnal" (ed. Cantor Alois Kaiser), Central Conference of American Rabbis (1897)
  • "Union Hymnal for Jewish Worship" (ed. Rabbi Harry H. Mayer), Central Conference of American Rabbis (1914)
  • "Union Hymnal: Songs and Prayers for Jewish Worship," Third Edition Revised and Enlarged (ed. Abraham Wolf Binder), Central Conference of American Rabbis (1932)
  • "Union Hymnal: Songs and Prayers for Jewish Worship," Part II—Musical Services, Third Edition Revised and Enlarged (ed. Abraham Wolf Binder), Central Conference of American Rabbis (1932)
  • "Union Songster: Songs and Prayers for Jewish Youth" (ed. Eric Werner), Central Conference of American Rabbis (1960)
  • "Shirim u-Zemirot" (ed. Jack Gottlieb), Central Conference of American Rabbis and American Conference of Cantors (1977)
  • "Gates of Song: Music for Shabbat" (ed. Charles Davidson), Transcontinental Music Publications (1987)


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.


  • Philharmonia (1875) Reprinted and now updated by Old Order Mennonite Conference of Ontario.
  • Hymns and tunes for public and private worship, and Sunday schools compiled by a committee (1890)
  • Church and Sunday school hymnal, a collection of hymns and sacred songs, appropriate for church services, Sunday schools, and general devotional exercises. Compiled and published under the direction of a committee appointed by Mennonite conferences (1902)
  • New Harmonia Sacra (1915)
  • Life Songs (1916)
  • Children's hymns and songs (1924)
  • Church hymnal, Mennonite, a collection of hymns and sacred songs, suitable for use in public worship, worship in the home, and all general occasions (1927)
  • Select hymns and gospel songs taken from the Church hymnal for use in conferences and special meetings (1929)
  • Songs of cheer for children, a collection of hymns and songs suitable for use in the primary and junior departments of our Sunday schools, authorized by Mennonite General Conference, compiled by Music Committee (1929)
  • Life Songs No. 2 (1938)
  • Selections from Life songs No. 2 (1942)
  • Junior hymns for juniors in church, Sunday school, and Summer Bible school (1947)
  • Songs of the Church (1953)
  • Selections from Church hymnal for use in conference, special meetings (1953)
  • The Mennonite Hymnal (1969)
  • Christian Hymnal (1959)
  • Christian Hymnary (1971)
  • Sing and Rejoice! (1979)
  • Hymnal: A Worship Book (1992)
  • Sing the Journey (2005)
  • Sing the Story (2007)



Moravian Church

  • First Hymn Book of the Unitas Fratrum (1501). In "the Bohemian tongue", compiled by Bishop Luke of Prague, printed in Prague.[14] Other editions: 1505 and 1519.[15]
  • First Hymn Book of the Renewed Church (1735)[14]
  • First English Moravian Hymn Book (1741).[14] Other editions: 1746, 1754, eleven others, 1849 edited by James Montgomery and 1912 (with a supplement in 1940).[14][15]
  • The Moravian Hymn Book authorized for use in the British Province of the Moravian Church (1969). Contains: Acknowledgments, Contents, Preface, 710 numbered hymns including 140 of Moravian Church origin, the rest being from "...the whole Christian tradition of hymnody...", Index to first lines, Index of authors and translators.[14] This Hymn Book is also used in the English speaking Caribbean.[15] It includes a collection of Liturgies (revised 1960). A music edition was published in 1975.[15] A version without the liturgy is also available[16]
  • Sing Out Today (1994) a collection of hymns by contemporary writers - words only. The music edition includes writers from the British Province only.[16]
  • Moravian Book of Worship (1995) the service book of the Moravian Church in North America.[16]

New Apostolic Church

  • New Apostolic Hymnal

Pentecostal Church of God

  • Favorite Hymns (1966)
  • Messenger Melodies (1987)

Pentecostal Holiness Church

  • The Gospel Hymnal (1973)

Plymouth Brethren


  • Presbyterian Church in the United States of America
    • Psalms and hymns adapted to public worship. Philadelphia : Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1830.
    • The Presbyterian Hymnal. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1874.
    • The Hymnal Published by Authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School work, 1895.
    • The Hymnal Published in 1895 and Revised in 1911. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Education and Sabbath-School Work.
  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    • Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal (2013)
    • Sing the Faith (2003)
    • Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1990.
  • Presbyterian Church in Ireland
    • The Irish Presbyterian Hymn Book (2004)


See Friends


The Salvation Army

  • The Song Book of The Salvation Army - Contains the words only.
  • The Tune Book of The Salvation Army - Two Editions for accompaniment either by means of Piano or Brass Band : Piano Version, and Brass Band (varying parts: Solo Cornet, Euphonium, etc.)

Seventh-day Adventist Church

  • Hymns and Tunes for Those Who Keep the Commandments of God and the Faith of Jesus (1869)
  • The Seventh-day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book (Hymns and Tunes) (1886)
  • Christ in Song (1908)
  • The Church Hymnal (1941)
  • Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal (1985)

Seventh-Day Baptist Church

  • 'Hymns in Commemoration of the Sufferings of Our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ, compos'd for the celebration of his Holy Supper' (1697; 3rd ed., 1713)
  • 'Hymns Compos'd for the Celebration of the Holy Ordinance of Baptism' (1712)

Spritualist National Union; also, National Spiritualist Association of Churches in the U.S.A.

  • Spiritualist Hymnal: a Revised Collection of Words and Music [(harmonized)] for the Congregation. Second ed., lst printing 1960, 2nd printing 1964.
  • Spiritualists' Hymn Book. 24th impression reprinted 2008.

Unification Church

  • Holy Songbook, The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity (2000)

Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist

  • Gospel Liturgy: a prayer-book for churches, congregations, and families (1861), Universalist Church in America
  • Vestry Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for all occasions of social worship (1871) Universalist Church in America
  • Social Hymns and Tunes, American Unitarian Association (1869)
  • 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.
  • Singing the Journey, Supplement, The Unitarian Universalist Association (2005) ISBN 1-55896-499-1.

United Church of Canada

  • The Hymnary (1925)
  • The Canadian Youth Hymnal: with music [harmonized] (1939)
  • Songs of the Gospel (a supplemental collection of evangelistic hymns and songs, 1948)
  • The Hymn Book (1971), produced jointly with Anglican Church of Canada
  • Songs for a Gospel People (Supplement to THB, 1987)
  • Voices United (1996)
  • More Voices (Supplement to VU, 2007)

United Church of Christ

  • Sing! Prayer and Praise, The Pilgrim Press (2009)
  • The New Century Hymnal, The Pilgrim Press (1995)
  • United Church of Christ Hymnal (1974)
  • Pilgrim Hymnal (1958)
  • Evangelical and Reformed Hymnal(1941)
  • The Hymnal of the Reformed Church (1920)
  • The Hymnal of the Reformed Church in the United States (1890)

United Pentecostal Church

  • Pentecostal Praises (1947)
  • Pentecostal Hymnal (1948)
  • Sing Unto the LORD (1978)

Uniting Church in Australia

Roman Catholic Hymnals

The official sacred music of the Roman Catholic Church is 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 the universal Church.

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

  • Catholic Worship Book (1985)

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ottawa

  • Catholic Book of Worship (three editions) (1972,1980,1994)

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)
  • 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)

  • We Celebrate
  • Seasonal Missalette (in either standard or revised text editions, large-print or standard-size print)
  • People's Mass Book (2003 & 1984 Editions)
  • Word & Song (published annually)
  • Voices as One, Vol. 1 (1998)
  • Voices as One, Vol. 2 (2005)
  • Celebremos/Let Us Celebrate (bilingual English/Spanish)

Collegeville, MN: Collegeville Press

  • The Collegeville Hymnal (1990)
  • Sacred Song (Published Triennially)

San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press

  • The Adoremus Hymnal (1997)

Long Prairie, MN: The Neumann Press

  • St. Gregory Hymnal

Lafayette, IN: St. Boniface Church

  • St. Michael Hymnal

Faber Music

  • New Catholic Hymnal

Summit, NJ: Dominican Nuns of Summit

  • The Summit Choirbook (1983)

Corpus Christi, TX: Corpus Christi Watershed

  • Vatican II Hymnal

Major Inter-Denominational Protestant Hymnals

  • African American Heritage Hymnal, GIA Publications (2001)
  • Celebration Hymnal, Word Music (1997)
  • Christian Life Hymnal, Hendrickson Publishers (2006)
  • Great Hymns of the Faith, Brentwood Music (1968)
  • Heavenly Highway Hymns, Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company
  • The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration, Word Music (1986)
  • Hymns for the Family of God, Brentwood Music (1976)
  • Hymns for Today's Church, Jubilate Hymns (1982)
  • Mission Praise HarperCollins (several editions 1980s onwards)
  • A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools, Yale University Press (1992)
  • Isaac Watts, (1719)
  • Recueil de chant maçonnique, éd. 1984 (words only, in French, of Christian-compatible Masonic hymns)
  • Redemption Hymnal (1951)
  • Sing the Faith, Geneva Press (1993)
  • Worship & Rejoice, Hope Publishing
  • The Worshiping Church, Hope Publishing (1990)
  • Majesty Hymns, Majesty Music (1996)
  • Rejoice Hymns, Majesty Music (2011)
  • Christian Hymns (hymnbook), Evangelical Movement of Wales (1977; 2d edn. 2004)

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