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Rejoice in the Lord Always

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, Rejoice.

Tune: REJOICE (Anonymous)
Published in 19 hymnals

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Rejoice in the Lord always:
again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always:
again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice, rejoice,
and again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice, rejoice,
and again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always:
again I say, Rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always:
again I say, Rejoice!

Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #586

Text Information

First Line: Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, Rejoice.
Title: Rejoice in the Lord Always
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Notes: 4 Part Round (optional)


Scripture References:
st. = Phil. 4:4

"Rejoice in the Lord Always" is almost a direct quotation of Philippians 4:4 (see also Phil. 3:1). The apostle Paul's encouragement to rejoice always, regardless of our circumstances, is an exhortation we sing cheerfully to each other in this song, often in the form of a round. The textual adaptation and the original tune are anonymous, products of the oral tradition associated with Scripture songs. The same oral tradition has produced minor variants on the tune, just one of which is included in the Psalter Hymnal; some congregations may know different versions of the tune. The text has been published in many of the early booklets and leaflets of the Scripture-chorus movement and appears now in a number of hymnals.

Liturgical Use:
As an acclamation; as an exhortation to be joyful; in medley with other hymns (for example, 569); many other occasions in Christian worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


REJOICE (Anonymous)

Sing REJOICE as written with the keyboard accompaniment composed by Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) in 1985. Or to increase the joy, divide the congregation into two or four sections, and sing as a four-part round with enthusiasm and vigor, with or without accompaniment, possibly using guitar and Orff xylop…

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #433
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #228
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Worship and Rejoice #650


Instances (1 - 18 of 18)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #380
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #636
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #433TextFlexscoreAudio
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #586TextPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #578Text
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #397
Hymns of Faith #307TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #228Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexscoreAudio
Rejoice Hymns #620
Sing Joyfully #113TextPage Scan
Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #245TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #3088Audio
Songs for Life #230
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #745Text
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #489Text
The Worshiping Church #606TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #249Text
Worship and Rejoice #650TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Include 1 pre-1979 instance