Church picture StOsHeader

St Oswald's

The parish church of Bollington

Bollington Road, Bollington Cross, SK10 5EG
07895 363 038

Facebook

Facebook

This selection of "Sing-along Songs of Praise" was originally a series of blog posts written during the COVID Lockdowns of 2020. It was intended to allow people to sing hymns in the safety and privacy of their own homes at a time when hymn-singing in church was not allowed (even if the church building was open!).

Sing-Along Hymns

For each hymn we have provided a set of verses together with an electronically generated sound-track. The sound track does not provide any words - just the tune.

The selection of hymns to be included was subject to certain limitations, notably the restrictions of copyright. This meant that many modern hymns were excluded, and the exclusion even applied to some updated versions of traditional hymns. Some publishers have made a few minor changes to make hymns more "inclusive" and have then claimed copyright over the revised text. So in most cases the ORIGINAL texts have been used, even though these may not be the versions that appear in modern hymnals.

In deciding what tunes to be used, this has largely been the Webmaster's personal choice. It is a mixture of familiar tunes and tunes that are not well-known, but deserve to be better known. The webmaster has included some personal favourites (and excluded some pet hates!). The soundtracks provided go with the words provided - if there are four verses, the tune is repeated four times. Where possible tunes have been provided with descants or alternative arrangements.

Wherever possible, there is an explanation of who wrote the words or tunes, the circumstances under which they were written, when (and sometimes why). Many hymns include references to verses appearing in the King James Version of the Bible; more modern translations were not then available! In some cases we have tried to explain these scriptural references or other instances where words have changed their meaning over time.

When hymns are sung as part of a church service, it is normally the case that the hymn books are set aside at the end of the hymn and the next part of the service continues. There is no time to sit and reflect on the meaning or the beauty of words and/or music. This collection allows you to take your time, to read, listen sing along, reflect, and to repeat a hymn again if you wish.

A selection of hymns arranged according to Church Season, Sacrament or particular Saint's Day or other commemoration.

(But many of the hymns can be sung at other times too!)

Please note that this does not pretend to be a list of all hymns - just those for which we have provided a Sing-along version!

The Church Year

ADVENT
Creator of the stars of night
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding
Hark the glad sound, the Saviour comes
Lo, He comes with clouds descending
O come, O come, Emmanuel
O quickly come
On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s cry
The Lord will come and not be slow
Thy kingdom come, O God
Ye servants of the Lord

CHRISTMAS

EPIPHANY
Angels from the realms of glory
Bethlehem, of noblest cities
Brightest and Best
From the eastern mountains
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

BAPTISM OF JESUS
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s cry

LENT
Lord Jesus, think on me
My faith looks up to thee
My God, I love Thee, not because...

PASSIONTIDE
It is a thing most wonderful
My song is love unknown
O Word of pity
Once, only once, and once for all
The royal banners forward go
When I survey the wondrous Cross

EASTER
Glory to God, the morn appointed breaks
On the Resurrection morning
Ye choirs of new Jerusalem

ASCENSION
Alleluya, sing to Jesus
Hail the day that sees Him rise
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour

PENTECOST
Breathe on me, Breath of God
Come down, O Love divine
Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove
Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
O Holy Spirit, Lord of Grace
O King enthroned on high
Spirit of mercy, truth and love

TRINITY
Eternal Father, strong to save
Holy, Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty
May the grace of Christ our Saviour
The God of Abraham praise

CORPUS CHRISTI (Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion)
see hymns for HOLY COMMUNION

CHRIST THE KING
All creatures of our God and King
Alleluya, sing to Jesus
Crown Him the King of Love
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
Immortal, Invisible, God only wise
Jesus shall reign, where’er the sun
O King enthroned on high
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
The King of love my shepherd is

Calendar

1 January THE NAMING OF Jesus (Circumcision)

25 January CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL
Jesus shall reign, where’er the sun
We sing the glorious conquest

28 January SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS
Thee we adore, O hidden Saviour, thee

2 February CANDLEMAS (Presentation of Christ in the Temple)

27 February GEORGE HERBERT

1 March SAINT DAVID
We praise thy name, all holy Lord

17 March SAINT PATRICK
I bind unto myself today

25 March ANNUNCIATION

23 April SAINT GEORGE
And did those feet in ancient time
Arm! arm! for the struggle approaches

25 April SAINT MARK
From out the cloud of amber light

27 April CHRISTINA ROSSETTI

1 May SAINT PHILIP AND ST JAMES
There is one way, and only one

14 May SAINT MATTHIAS
The highest and the holiest place

8 June BISHOP THOMAS KEN

11 June SAINT BARNABAS
Brightly did the light divine

24 June BIRTH of SAINT JOHN the BAPTIST
Hail, harbinger of morn
On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s cry

29 June SAINT PETER (and SAINT PAUL)
Christ is our cornerstone
Thou art the Christ, O Lord

3 July SAINT THOMAS
We have not seen, we cannot see

14 July JOHN KEBLE

22 July SAINT MARY MAGDALENE
I heard the voice of Jesus say
Mary to her Saviour’s tomb

25 July SAINT JAMES the GREAT
Lord, who shall sit beside Thee

5 August SAINT OSWALD
Great Shepherd of thy people, hear
In our day of thanksgiving

6 August THE TRANSFIGURATION
An image of that heavenly light

7 August JOHN MASON NEALE

11 August JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

13 August FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
Take my life and let it be…

15 August THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

20 August WILLIAM and CATHERINE BOOTH (founders of the Salvation Army)

24 August SAINT BARTHOLOMEW
King of Saints, to whom the number

8 September BIRTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

14 September HOLY CROSS
Lift high the Cross

17 September HILDEGARD of BINGEN
O Fire of God, the Comforter

21 September SAINT MATTHEW
He sat to watch o’er customs paid

22 September GRESFORD DISASTER ANNIVERSARY
The Miners’ Hymn [without words]

29 September MICHAELMAS (SAINT MICHAEL and ALL ANGELS)
Bright the vision that delighted
Christ, the fair glory of the holy angels
How shall I sing that majesty
I love to hear the story
Ye holy angels bright

12 October EDITH CAVELL

18 October SAINT LUKE
What thanks and praise to Thee we owe

22 October DEDICATION (Consecration of St Oswald's Church in 1908)
Christ is our cornerstone
Great Shepherd of thy people, hear
In our day of thanksgiving
Thy hand, O God, has guided

28 October SAINT SIMON AND SAINT JUDE
Thou Who sentest Thine apostles

1 November ALL SAINTS
For all the Saints
For all thy Saints, O Lord
Give me the wings of faith
How bright these glorious spirits shine
Jerusalem the golden
O what their joy and their glory must be
Who are these like stars appearing

2 November ALL SOULS
Alleluya, sing to Jesus
Blest are the pure in heart
I heard the voice of Jesus say
I know that my Redeemer lives
Jesu, my Lord, my God, my all
Lead, kindly light
O God our help in ages past
The King of love my shepherd is
The Lord’s my shepherd
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

30 November SAINT ANDREW
Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult

3 December SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER
My God, I love Thee, not because...

7 December SAINT AMBROSE
O Strength and Stay

8 December CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

26 December SAINT STEPHEN
Good King Wenceslas

27 December SAINT JOHN the EVANGELIST
Word supreme, before creation

28 December THE HOLY INNOCENTS
Coventry Carol

Sacraments
Other Themes

HOLY BAPTISM
Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep
Take my life and let it be…

CONFIRMATION
Breathe on me, Breath of God
Come down, O Love divine
Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove
Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
Just as I am, without one plea
My faith looks up to thee
O thou who camest from above
Take my life and let it be…
Who would true valour see

HOLY COMMUNION
Alleluya, sing to Jesus
And now, O Father, mindful of the love
Author of life divine
Bread of Heaven, on Thee we feed
Bread of the world in mercy broken
Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness
Just as I am, without one plea
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
May the grace of Christ our Saviour
My God and is Thy Table spread
Once, only once, and once for all
Peace be to this congregation
Soul of my Saviour
Sweet sacrament divine
The King of love my shepherd is
The Lord’s my shepherd
Thee we adore, O hidden Saviour, thee
Wherefore, O Father

MARRIAGE
Come down, O Love divine
Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove
Love divine, all loves excelling
May the grace of Christ our Saviour
O Holy Spirit, Lord of Grace
O Perfect Love
The Lord’s my shepherd

FUNERAL, COMMEMORATION
Abide with me
God be in my head
I know that my Redeemer lives
In our day of thanksgiving
Jerusalem the golden
On the Resurrection morning
The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended
The King of love my shepherd is
The Lord’s my shepherd

SUNDAY
Most glorious Lord of life

MORNING
Awake, my soul, and with the sun
Forth in thy name, O Lord I go
Glory to thee, who safe hast kept
New every morning is the love
When morning gilds the skies

EVENING
Abide with me
Glory to thee, my God, this night
God that madest earth and heaven
Holy Father, cheer our way
Lead, kindly light
Now I have seen my Saviour
Nunc Dimittis
O Strength and Stay
The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended

JACOB
Come, O thou traveller unknown

SAMUEL
Hushed was the evening hymn

APOSTLES (see also by commemoration dates)
Hail! Princes of the host of heaven

HARVEST
All creatures of our God and King
For the beauty of the earth
Fountain of mercy, God of love
The sower went forth sowing

NATURE
All creatures of our God and King
Fairest Lord Jesus
For the beauty of the earth
God who made the earth
O worship the King
The God of nature and of grace

Donations

Donations

The Parish Church, its building, activities and clergy are entirely funded by voluntary contributions.

We do NOT receive any financial support from the Government, the Diocese, or the Church Commissioners.

Please visit our Donations page to see how you could help to keep us operating both as a centre of worship and as a resource for the local community

Sign up to be a

Support us every time you shop on line through

Read more...

StOsFooter
chalice

The picture of the chalice is symbolic of:
"A joyful image of a Eucharistic community which knows how to celebrate God's goodness to us but also how to reach out to the community and connect with those in need, in pain, in difficulty, who feel lost or neglected, or that they don't belong."

Come and join us! Explore this website to find out about our activities. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our services or events!

diocese logo
Last modified: 20 March 2021