Hymns for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A.

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. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns which are still copyright, but are a particularly good fit for the day's readings, are also included.




Readings 

First: Isaiah - The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light ... you have made their gladness greater.

Psalm 26 :  The Lord is my light and my help / There is one thing I ask of the Lord / I am sure I shall see the Lord's goodness.

Second: I Corinthians : Paul urges the believes to make up the differences between themselves and to be united in Christ ... rather than having slogans like "I am for Paul" or "I am for Cephas".

Gospel: Matthew - Jesus settled in Capernaum, fulfilling the prophesy of Isaiah "The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light".   He calls the fishermen Simon Peter and Andrew to "follow me and I will make you fishers of men".   Then he goes all around Galilee, preaching.


Themes

Jesus Christ - light of the world.


Suggested pictures and illustrations

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



Suggested free-use hymns

Amazing Grace

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

Come, Let Us to the Lord Our God

Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether

Holy Spirit Lord of Light

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

In Christ There is no East or West

Light of Light Love Given Birth

O Worship the King

The Church's One Foundation

Those Who Love and Those Who Labour

Thou who at Thy First Eucharist

We are Marching


Suggested hymns which may still be copyright

Christ be our Light - Farrell

Christ is the World’s Light - Pratt-Green

City of God - Schutte

Follow Me - Cockett

I am the Light of the World - Strathdee

Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness - Edwards

The Light of Christ - Fishel

The Lord is my Light - Taizé

The Summons  (Will You Come and Follow Me) - Bell

Two Fishermen - Toolan



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

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