Singing the Living Tradition

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Singing the Living Tradition
PublisherUnitarian Universalist Association
No. of Hymns415
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Singing the Living Tradition is a hymnal published by the Unitarian Universalist Association.


First published in 1993 by the Hymnbook Resources Commission of the UUA, it was meant to be much more inclusive in both gender references, multicultural sources, and a wider number of religious inspirations. According to Jason Shelton,

Singing the Living Tradition was the first standard denominational hymnbook to include songs from Unitarians in Eastern Europe, spirituals from the African American tradition, folk and popular songs, music of major, non-Christian religious traditions, and chants and rounds gathered from the various traditions of the world.[1]

The hymnal succeeded the UUA's first hymnal, Hymns for the Celebration of Life, which had been amended repeatedly in the decades after its initial 1964 publication due to concerns over biased gender language.[1][2]

List of hymns and tunes[edit]

The hymns are split up by subject, such as theme (Commitment/Action, Love and Compassion, Hope, Freedom, Justice, Stewardship of the Earth) time (Morning, Evening, The Seasons, Harvest, Solstice and Equinox), origin (Music of The Cultures of the World, Words from Sacred Traditions, The Jewish Spirit, The Christian Spirit), holiday (Kwanzaa, Pesach / Passover, Hanukkah, Advent, Christmas, Easter), and for specific services or parts of services (Entrance Songs, Chalice Lightings, Weddings, Memorials and Funerals, Recessionals).[3]

Three of the hymns - "Your Mercy, Oh Eternal One", "Now I Recall My Childhood", and "There Are Numerous Strings" - were written by Rabindranath Tagore.[4]

  1. May Nothing Evil Cross This Door
  2. Down the Ages We Have Trod
  3. The World Stands Out on Either Side
  4. I Brought My Spirit to the Sea
  5. It is Something to Have Wept
  6. Just as Long as I Have Breath
  7. The Leaf Unfurling
  8. Mother Spirit, Father Spirit
  9. No Longer Forward nor Behind
  10. Immortal Love
  11. O God of Stars and Sunlight
  12. O Life that Maketh All Things New
  13. Songs of Spirit
  14. The Sun at High Noon
  15. The Lone, Wild Bird
  16. 'Tis a Gift to Be Simple
  17. Every Night and Every Morn
  18. What Wondrous Love
  19. The Sun That Shines
  20. Be Thou My Vision
  21. For the Beauty of the Earth
  22. Dear Weaver of Our Lives' Design
  23. Bring Many Names
  24. Far Rolling Voices
  25. God of the Earth, the Sky, the Sea
  26. Holy, Holy, Holy
  27. I Am That Great and Fiery Force
  28. View the Starry Realm
  29. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
  30. Over My Head / Music in the Air
  31. Name Unnamed
  32. Now Thank We All Our God
  33. Sovereign and Transforming Grace
  34. Though I May Speak With Bravest Fire
  35. Into Thy Temple, Lord, Welcome
  36. When in Our Music
  37. God Who Fills the Universe
  38. Morning has Broken
  39. Bring O Morn, Thy Music
  40. Morning Hangs a Signal
  41. You That Have Spent the Silent Night
  42. Morning, So Fair to See
  43. The Morning, Noiseless
  44. We Sing of Golden Mornings
  45. Now While the Day in Trailing Splendor
  46. Now the Day is Over
  47. Now on Land and Sea Descending
  48. Again, As Evening's Shadow Falls
  49. Stillness Reigns
  50. When Darkness Nears
  51. Lady of the Seasons' Laughter
  52. In Sweet Fields of Autumn
  53. I Walk the Unfrequented Road
  54. Now Light is Less
  55. Dark of Winter
  56. Bells in the High Tower
  57. All Beautiful the March of Days
  58. Ring Out, Wild Bells
  59. Almond Trees, Renewed in Bloom
  60. In Time of Silver Rain
  61. Lo, the Earth Awakens Again
  62. When the Daffodils Arrive
  63. Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers
  64. Oh Give Us Pleasure in the Flowers Today
  65. The Sweet June Days
  66. When the Summer Sun Is Shining
  67. We Sing Now Together
  68. Come, Ye Thankful People
  69. Give Thanks
  70. Heap High the Farmer's Wintry Hoard
  71. In the Sprint With Plow and Harrow
  72. Has Summer Come Now, Dawning
  73. Chant for the Seasons
  74. On the Dusty Earth Drum
  75. The Harp at Nature's Advent
  76. For Flowers That Bloom about Our Feet
  77. Seek Not Afar for Beauty
  78. Color and Fragrance
  79. No Number Tallies Nature Up
  80. Wild Waves of Storm
  81. The Wordless Mountains Bravely Still
  82. This Land of Bursting Sunrise
  83. Winds Be Still
  84. How Far Can Reach a Smile?
  85. Although This Life is But a Wraith
  86. Blessed Spirit of My Life
  87. Nearer, My God, to Thee
  88. Calm Soul of All Things
  89. Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life
  90. From All the Fret and Fever of the Day
  91. Mother of All
  92. Mysterious Presence, Source of All
  93. To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love
  94. What is This Life
  95. There is More Love Somewhere
  96. I Cannot Think of Them as Dead
  97. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  98. Loveliest of Trees
  99. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  100. I've Got Peace Like a River
  101. Abide With Me
  102. We the Heirs of Many Ages
  103. For All the Saints
  104. When Israel Was in Egypt's Land
  105. From Age to Age
  106. Who Would True Valor See
  107. Now Sing We of the Brave of Old
  108. My Life Flows on in Endless Song (How Can I Keep From Singing)
  109. As We Come Marching, Marching
  110. Come, Children of Tomorrow
  111. Life of Ages
  112. Do You Hear?
  113. Where is Our Holy Church?
  114. Forward Through the Ages
  115. God of Grace and God of Glory
  116. I'm On My Way
  117. O Light of Life
  118. This Little Light of Mine
  119. Once to Every Soul and Nation
  120. Turn Back
  121. We'll Build a Land
  122. Sound Over All Waters
  123. Spirit of Life
  124. Be That Guide
  125. From the Crush of Wealth and Power
  126. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  127. Can I see Another's Woe?
  128. For All That is Our Life
  129. Let Love Continue Long
  130. O Liberating Rose
  131. Love Will Guide Us
  132. Bright Those Jewels
  133. One World
  134. Our World is One World
  135. How Happy Are They
  136. Where Gentle Tides Go Rolling By
  137. We Utter Our Cry
  138. These Things Shall Be
  139. Wonders Still the World Shall Witness
  140. Hail the Glorious Golden City
  141. I've Got a New Name
  142. Let There be Light
  143. Not in Vain the Distance Beacons
  144. Now Is the Time Approaching
  145. As Tranquil Streams
  146. Soon the Day Will Arrive
  147. When All the Peoples on This Earth
  148. Let Freedom Span Both East and West
  149. Lift Every Voice and Sing
  150. All Whose Boast It Is
  151. I Wish I Knew How
  152. Follow the Drinking Gourd
  153. Oh, I Woke Up This Morning
  154. No More Auction Block for Me
  155. Circle Round for Freedom
  156. Oh, Freedom
  157. Step By Step the Longest March
  158. Praise the Source of Faith and Learning
  159. This is My Song
  160. Far Too Long, by Fear Divided
  161. Peace! The Perfect Word
  162. Gonna Lay Down My Sword and Shield
  163. For the Earth Forever Turning
  164. The Peace Not Past Our Understanding
  165. When Windows That Are Black and Cold
  166. Years Are Coming
  167. Nothing But Peace is Enough
  168. One More Step
  169. We Shall Overcome
  170. We Are a Gentle, Angry People
  171. N'kosi Sikelel' l'Afrika
  172. Siph' Amandla
  173. In the Branches of the Forest
  174. O Earth, You Are Surpassing Fair
  175. We Celebrate the Web of Life
  176. Daya Kar Daan Bhakli Ka
  177. Sakura
  178. Raghupati
  179. That We Hold Tight
  180. Alhamdulillah
  181. No Matter If You Live Now Far or Near
  182. O, the Beauty in a Life
  183. The Wind of Change Forever Blown
  184. Be Ye Lamps Unto Yourselves
  185. Your Mercy, Oh Eternal One
  186. Grieve Not Your Heart
  187. It Sounds Along the Ages
  188. Come, Come, Whoever You Are
  189. Light of Ages and of Nations
  190. Light of Ages and of Nations
  191. Now I Recall My Childhood
  192. Nay, Do Not Grieve
  193. Our Faith is But a Single Gem
  194. Faith is a Forest
  195. Let Us Wander Where We Will
  196. Singer of Life
  197. There Are Numerous Strings
  198. God of Many Names
  199. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
  200. A Mighty Fortress
  201. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah
  202. Come Sunday
  203. All Creatures of the Earth and Sky
  204. Come, O Sabbath Day
  205. Amazing Grace! (3
  206. Amazing Grace! (4
  207. Earth Was Given as a Garden
  208. Every Time I Feel the Spirit
  209. O come, You Longing Thirsty Souls
  210. Wade in the Water
  211. We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder
  212. We are Dancing Sarah's Circle
  213. There is a Wideness in Your Mercy
  214. Shabbat Shalom
  215. Praise to the Living God
  216. Hashiveinu
  217. O Sing Hallelujah
  218. Who Can Say
  219. O Hear, My People
  220. Bring Out the Festal Bread
  221. Light One Candle
  222. Mi Y'Malel
  223. Rock of Ages, Let Our Song
  224. Let Christmas Come
  225. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  226. People, Look East
  227. Crèche Flickers Bright Here
  228. Once in Royal David's City
  229. Gather 'Round the Manger
  230. Duermete, Niño Lindo
  231. Angels We Have Heard on High
  232. The Hills Are Bare at Bethlehem
  233. Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella
  234. In the Gentle of the Moon
  235. Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
  236. O Thou Joyful Day
  237. The First Nowell
  238. Within the Shining of a Star
  239. Go Tell It on the Mountain
  240. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  241. In the Bleak Midwinter
  242. In the Lonely Midnight
  243. Jesus, Our Brother
  244. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  245. Joy to the World!
  246. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  247. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  248. O We Believe in Christmas
  249. On This Day Everywhere
  250. Purer Than Purest
  251. Silent Night, Holy Night
  252. Stille Nacht
  253. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  254. Sing We Now of Christmas
  255. There's a Star in the East
  256. Winter Night
  257. 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
  258. Whence, O Shepherd Maiden?
  259. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  260. Oshana, Shira Oshana
  261. When Jesus Wept
  262. Hosanna in the Highest
  263. When Jesus Looked from Olivet
  264. Now in the Tomb Is Laid
  265. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
  266. Now the Green Blade Riseth
  267. When Mary Through the Garden Went
  268. Jesus Christ is Risen Today
  269. Lo, the Day of Days Is Here
  270. O Day of Light and Gladness
  271. Come Down, O Love Divine
  272. O Prophet Souls of All the Years
  273. Immortal, Invisible
  274. Dear Mother - Father of Us All
  275. Joyful is the Dark
  276. O Young and Fearless Prophet
  277. When We Wend Homeward
  278. Praise Be to God, the Almighty
  279. By the Waters of Babylon
  280. Helejuhu
  281. O God, Our Help in Ages Past
  282. Let the Whole Creation Cry
  283. The Spacious Firmament on High
  284. Praise, O My Heart, to You
  285. We Worship Thee, God
  286. A Core of Silence
  287. Faith of the Larger Liberty
  288. All Are Architects
  289. Creative Love, Our Thanks We Give
  290. Bring, O Past, Your Honor
  291. Die Gedanken Sind Frei
  292. If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking
  293. O Star of Truth
  294. Our Praise We Give
  295. Sing Out Praises for the Journey
  296. O Ye Who Taste That Love Is Sweet
  297. The Star of Truth
  298. Wake, Now, My Senses
  299. Make Channels for the Streams of Love
  300. With Heart and Mind
  301. Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky!
  302. Children of the Human Race
  303. We Are the Earth Upright and Proud
  304. A Fierce Unrest
  305. De Colores
  306. Sing of Living, Sing of Dying
  307. The Human Touch Can Light the Flame
  308. The Blessings of the Earth and Sky
  309. Earth is Our Homeland
  310. The Earth is Home
  311. Let It Be a Dance
  312. Here on the Paths of Every Day
  313. O What a Piece of Work Are We
  314. We are Children of the Earth
  315. This Old World
  316. Tradition Held Fast sheet music
  317. We Are Not Our Own
  318. We Would Be One
  319. Ye Earthborn Children of a Star
  320. The Pen is Greater
  321. Here In the Flesh
  322. Thanks Be for These
  323. Break Not the Circle
  324. Where My Free Spirit Onward Leads
  325. Love Makes a Bridge
  326. Let All the Beauty We Have Known
  327. Joy, Thou Goddess
  328. I Sought the Wood in Summer
  329. Life Has Loveliness to Sell
  330. The Arching Sky of Morning Glows
  331. Life is the Greatest Gift of All
  332. Perfect Singer
  333. Alone She Cuts and Binds the Grain
  334. When Shall We Learn
  335. Once When My Heart Was Passion Free
  336. All My Memories of Love
  337. Have I Not Known
  338. I Seek the Spirit of a Child
  339. Knowledge, They Say
  340. Though Gathered Here to Celebrate
  341. O World, Thou Choosest Not the Better Part
  342. O Slowly, Slowly, They Return
  343. A Firemist and a Planet
  344. A Promise Through the Ages Rings
  345. With Joy We Claim the Growing Light
  346. Come, Sing a Song With Me
  347. Gather the Spirit
  348. Guide My Feet
  349. We Gather Together
  350. The Ceaseless Flow of Endless Time
  351. A Long, Long Way the Sea-Winds Blow
  352. Find a Stillness
  353. Golden Breaks the Dawn instrumental
  354. We Laugh, We Cry (aka Credo)
  355. We Lift Our Hearts in Thanks
  356. Will You Seek in Far-Off Places?
  357. Bright Morning Stars
  358. Rank by Rank Again We Stand
  359. When We are Gathered
  360. Here We Have Gathered
  361. Enter, Rejoice, and Come In
  362. Rise Up, O Flame
  363. Alleluia! Sang Stars
  364. Alleluia, Alleluia
  365. Praise God
  366. Heleluyan
  367. Allelu, Allelu
  368. Now Let Us Sing
  369. This is the Truth That Passes Understanding
  370. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
  371. long metre tune for lyrics 374-382
  372. long metre tune for lyrics 374-382
  373. long metre tune for lyrics 374-382
  374. lyrics for interchangeable use with 371-373
  375. lyrics for interchangeable use with 371-373
  376. lyrics for interchangeable use with 371-373
  377. lyrics for interchangeable use with 371-373
  378. lyrics for interchangeable use with 371-373
  379. lyrics for interchangeable use with 371-373
  380. lyrics for interchangeable use with 371-373
  381. lyrics for interchangeable use with 371-373
  382. lyrics for interchangeable use with 371-373
  383. Alleluia, Amen
  384. Alleluia
  385. Gloria
  386. Alleluia Chaconne
  387. The Earth, Water, Fire, Air
  388. Dona Nobis Pacem
  389. Gathered Here
  390. Gaudeamus Hodie
  391. Voice Still and Small
  392. Hineh Mah Tov
  393. Jubilate Deo
  394. Have Nashirah
  395. Sing and Rejoice
  396. I Know This Rose Will Open
  397. Morning Has Come
  398. To See the World


Evensong is the name of a programmed series of gatherings undertaken as part of the Unitarian Universalist Association's Adult Religious Education initiative. The goal is to deepen spiritual awareness and commitment while increasing fellowship among members. The format includes hymns and readings from Singing the Living Tradition followed by a discussion on a pertinent spiritual topic. The gathering is closed with another hymn.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jason Shelton (May 24, 2002). "Changing the Words: An Historical Introduction to Unitarian Universalist Hymnody" (PDF). Unitarian Universalist History (Online). Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  2. ^ French, Kimberly (25 June 2007). "Thirty years of feminist transformation". UU World Magazine. Retrieved 2023-02-02.
  3. ^ "Index of Hymn Titles in Singing the Living Tradition |". Retrieved 2023-02-02.
  4. ^ Singh, Shiv Sahay (2018-03-21). "A Kolkatan discovers new songs by Tagore". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2023-02-02.