Hymn suggestions, Pentecost Sunday, Year C (15 May 2016)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for Pentecost Sunday in Year C.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.    Many of these hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still subject to copyright may also be included.

See lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.

Seasonal Note

Separate readings are used for Vigil Masses, so the following applies to Masses during the day.

There is an option of using the Year A second reading and Gospel instead of the ones fpr Year C.

Also, many of the suggested hymns for Confirmation are also suitable for Pentecost.


First: Acts - The gathered apostles heard the wind, were filled with the Holy Spirit, and able to speak in the languages of everyone in Jerusalem.

Psalm: 103 - Send forth your spirit O Lord and renew the face of the earth / Bless the Lord my soul / You take back your spirit they die / May the glory of the Lord last forever

Second: Romans - The Spirit of God has made his home in you ... everyone moved by the Spirit is a child of God.

Gospel:   John - If you love me, you will keep my commandments ... I shall ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate.


Receiving the Holy Spirit - being taught and empowered by it.

Free-use hymns

A New Commandment

Come Down O Love Divine

Come Holy Ghost Creator Come

Creator Spirit by whose Aid

Hail Thee, Festival Day (with Pentecost refrain)

Holy Spirit Lord of Light

Holy Spirit Truth Divine

If You Believe and I Believe

Joy Because the Circling Year

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

O Breath on me O Breath of God

Psalm 103 - Music for Mass setting

Spirit Divine Attend our Prayers

Veni Creator Spiritus

Veni Lumen Cordium

Hymns which may still be copyright

Colours of Day - Parachute

Come Lord Jesus - Haas

Enemy of Apathy - Bell

Everyone Moved by the Spirit - Landry
Litany of the Spirit - Inwood

On Pentecost they Gathered - Huber

Shine Jesus Shine - Kendrick

Spirit of God Rest on Your People - Farrell

Spirit of the Living God - Inverson

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.

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