Published in 33 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Tune Information

Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 11231 12334 3223
Key: F Major
Source: Fijian traditional melody
Copyright: © 1967, 1980 Scripture in Song (admin. by Maranatha! Music)


THIS IS THE DAY is presumably a folk tune from Fiji, arranged by Les Garret for use with stanza 1. Antiphonal performance between two parts of the congregation works well. Rather than give verbal instructions, a song leader can direct simply by signaling to each group when they are to sing. For example, for stanza 1,

(group 1)
This is the day,
that the Lord has made,
we will rejoice,
and be glad in it

(group 2)
This is the day,
that the Lord has made,
we will rejoice,
and be glad in it

This is the day that the Lord has made,
we will rejoice and be glad in it;

this is the day,

this is the day

that the Lord has made.

When a song leader sings the first part as a solo, the congregation can follow from memory, without having open songbooks. Use a light organ registration or preferably folk instruments such as guitar and/or tambourine. The syncopations give the tune rhythmic interest and unity. Take care not to rush the tempo.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Instances (1 - 31 of 31)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #108
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #759
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #359
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #571
Chalice Hymnal #286
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #194
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #676
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #277
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #s.28
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #305
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #219
Praises We Sing (2nd ed.) #25
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #118K
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #241Text InfoTune InfoAudio
Rejoice Hymns #622
Sing and Rejoice!: new hymns for congregations #118
Sing Joyfully #84
Singing the Faith #152
Songs for Life #3
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #209
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #841
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #590
The New Century Hymnal #84
The United Methodist Hymnal #657
The Worshiping Church #801
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #262
Total Praise: Songs and other worship resources for every generation #105
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #615TextAudio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #412
Worship and Rejoice #652
Worship the Lord: Hymnal of the Church of God #9
Include 2 pre-1979 instances