Hymns for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A.

"Free-to-use" means 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.





Readings

First:   Wisdom- Although you are sovereign in strength, you judge with mildness, and with great forbearance you govern us; for you have power to act whenever you choose. Through such works you have taught your people that the righteous must be kind, and you have filled your children with good hope,...

Psalm  85 - O Lord you are good and forgiving / All the nations shall come to adore you / But you, God of mercy and compassion

Second: Romans 8-  ...we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Gospel: Matthew  13- The parable of the weeds in the darnel, and the parable of the mustard seed, and the parable of the yeast and leavened bread. Jesus preached in parables to fulfill scripture - and he explained them: ... “the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!".


Themes

God as a compassionate and merciful judge.   Our assurance of forgiveness because God sent his Son.


Suggested free-use hymns

All People that on Earth Do Dwell

Amazing Grace

Balm in Gilead

Come Ye Thankful People Come

Fight the Good Fight

Hail to the Lord's Anointed

Now Thank we All Our God

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Psalm 85 - Music for Mass setting

Praise to the Holiest in the Height

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

We Walk by Faith



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


Resources for church-music selection

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