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 such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.
A small selection of copyright hymns may also be included, if they are particularly relevant.
Seasonal noteIn some countries, the feast of the The Exaltation of the Holy Cross replaces the Sunday of Ordinary time when it falls on 14-September. Check your local liturgical calendar for details.
ReadingsFirst: Exodus - Moses convinces the Lord to show mercy to the people who he bought out of Egypt, even though the were sinning.
Psalm: 50 - I will leave this place and go to my father / Have mercy to me O God in your kindness / A pure heart create for me O God / O Lord open my lips.
Second: I Timothy - Jesus came to save sinners - he showed his mercy to the, as God's mercy was shown to Paul.
Gospel: Luke - Parable of the missing sheep or missing drachma ... rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner ... the Prodigal Son
ThemesMercy. Compassion. God's response to our repentance. Reconciliation.
Art for this weekSee lectionary art for this Sunday for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.
Suggested free-use hymnsAll People that on Earth do Dwell
All Ye who Seek a Comfort Sure
Come You Sinners Poor and Needy
God is Love: the Heavens Tell It
God of Mercy and Compassion
I Cannot Tell
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Loving Shepherd of thy Sheep
My Song Is Love Unknown
O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
Psalm 50 - Music for Mass setting
Rejoice in the Lord Always
The King of Love my Shepherd Is
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
What Wondrous Love
Suggested hymns which may still be copyright
To Everyone Born - Murray
Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.