Songs and Hymns for ANZAC Day / Memorial Day / Remembrance Day

  • FFS05 Be their names remembered (Shirley Murray) Simple chant, good for singing in response to a list of names of those who have died (e.g. catastrophe, ANZAC day). "Be their names remembered in the heart of God"  
  • VU526 Weep for the dead (Brian Wren) This song would be very appropriate for Peace Day, but also for Memorial Day / ANZAC day / Services of Remembrance. Sheet music and lyrics.
  • HiOS061 Honour the dead (Shirley Murray) This hymn has a tune that is familiar enough (by Colin Gibson) for the congregation to join in as it is sung. There are 6 verses, so perhaps invite them to join in as they get the hang of the tune. Lyrics and sheet music.
  • ORAiY God who remembers (Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan) Based on Psalm 136, this simple chant could also be good to use during the prayers of the people, or while people are placing poppies somewhere, lighting candles, or reading the names of those who have died. Lyrics and sound sample. Sheet music.
  • StF131 By a monument of marble or a simple wooden cross (Marjorie Dobson) Memorial Day Thoughtful words that are appropirate for ANZAC day and other services of remembrance. I would use BLAENWERN for these words, though it is not the set tune. Lyrics.
Congregation Songs that may be useful for a public memorial service where attendees may not be regular church attenders:
  • TiS 10 / AHB 16 / AoV1-144 / NCH479 / Iona (Common Ground) / CH14/16 / UMH136 / VU747/8 / StS099 / LBW451 / ELW778 / GA473 / HPP55 / GtG801 / PH170 / CP519 / CP(E) 594 / W&R86 / Cha0789 / Srce662 / Lau806 The Lord's my Shepherd I'll not want / God is my shepherd (Scottish Psalter) It's not inclusive, but I think it's more than a sentimental favourite and will be meaningful for those remembering fathers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts and mothers who died. Lyrics.
  • TiS 650 / ATA 191 / CH694 / A&M604 / NCH539 / VU595 / ELW659 / AA08 / SFFS 2222 / HPP442 / GtG727 / G(II)476 / GC683 / GC(II)661 / G(3)751 / CP500 / CP(E) 393 / W&R391 / Cha490 / SP263 / URW117 / Lau924 Brother, sister, let me serve you / Won't you let me be your servant? (Richard Gillard) I think you all know this one. Lyrics. NCH has a nice turn on the lyrics with "Won't you let me be your servant?" as the first line.  
  • TiS 621 / UMH435 / VU677 / LBW416 / ELW748 / GtG756 / PH289 / GC(II)717 / G(3)825 /  CP593 / W&R626 / Cha680 / 82Hml-607 O God of Every Nation (William Watkins Reid) Powerful words seeking God's redemption of the world. Can be sung to LLANGLOFFAN or PASSION CHORALE, both very familiar hymn tunes. Lyrics and sheet music. Go look at the lyrics just to bring a smile to your face. So much hope!
Recorded music or music that could be played by your musicians (pretty much all Australian anti-war folk songs) for reflection. With thanks to Shawn Whelan who plays most of these every ANZAC Day.
  • I was only 19 (John Schumann)  Written about the Vietnam War, and its after effects on those who returned, this poignant song manages to be both anti-war and pro-veteran and is known by many. Lyrics. Chords. Youtube.
  • Mothers Daughters Wives (Judy Small) One of those rare songs that presents the women's perspective on war. Lyrics & chords. Youtube.
  • And the band played Waltzing Matilda (Eric Bogle) A massive tear-jerker that realistically protrays the experience of the returned soldier. Particularly appropriate this year for the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli. Youtube. Lyrics & chords.
  • The Green Fields of France (Eric Bogle) Another mournful anti-war song that questions what it was like for those who died in the first world war. Particularly appropriate this year for the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli. Youtube. Lyrics & chords. 
  • In Memoriam (Vic MacDonald)  A New Zealand song reflecting on the decimation of and remembrance in many country towns for generations. Lyrics and mp3s


Unknown said...

“Heaven and Earth are Filled” has worked well for several years at our remembrance service.

Unknown said...

Why are you listing Nov. 11 as Memorial Day, we already have that in May. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day!

Lectionary Singer (Natalie Sims) said...

We call November 11 Remembrance Day here in Australia; sorry about the mix-up.

Sue said...

I vow to Thee my Country MHB 900 speaks of the call to serve for the sake of peace in the world. Thaxton is a beautiful tune.

Susan Wickham said...

Another excellent listening song from a bunch of Aussie singers - SPIRIT OF THE ANZACS.