Hymn suggestions for the Feast of the Sacred Heart (19 days after Pentecost)

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus or on the devotions traditionally associated with the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

"Free-to-use" means 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.

Seasonal note

This day is celebrated 19 days after Pentcost, ie on the 50th day of Easter.   It is immediately before the Soleminty of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Readings

First: Deuteronomy 7 - You are a people holy to the Lord ... God has chosen you out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, ... not because you were more numerous but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath that he swore to your ancestors ... rescuing you from Egypt.

Psalm 103 - The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him / Bless the Lord all my soul / He pardons all your inequities / Merciful and gracious is the Lord.

Second: 1 John 7 - Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. ... God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.

Gospel: Matthew 11 - Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; ... no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest ... For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”.



Themes

The love of Jesus for each of us as symbolized in his human heart.
God is faithful to his chosen people, who are dear to his heart.
God has poured his love into us, through his Son and the Holy Spirit.
Knowing Jesus is our sure way to know and love God.


Suggested hymns

A Message from the Sacred Heart

All Ye who Seek a Comfort Sure

Heart of Christ we Sing your Praises

Heart of Jesus Burning with Love for Me

Heart of Jesus Hear / Heart of Jesus Meek and Mild

Heart of Jesus by Thy Reign

Heart of Jesus Sacred Heart

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

O Sacred Heart O Love Divine

O Sacred Heart of Jesus

O Sacred Heart what Shall I Render Thee

O Take me to Thy Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart in Accents Burning

Sweet Hear of Jesus Fount of Love and Mercy

To Christ the Prince of Peace

To Jesus, Heart All Burning



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


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