Hymns for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

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

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.

Seasonal note

This day sometimes coincides with 1 February which is the feast of S Brigid of Kildare, or 2 February, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.


First: Deuteronomy - Moses tells the people that the Lord has promised to raise up a prophet from among them, who will have God's word put into his mouth.

Psalm: 94 - O that today you would listen to his voice, harden not your hearts / Come, ring out our joy to the Lord  / Come in, let us kneel and bend low.

Second: I Corinthians 7 - Paul compares the responsibilities of married vs unmarried men and women - to help the people decide how to live.

Gospel: Mark - Jesus teaches with authority in the Synagogue:   a man possessed by an unclean spirit challenges him, and Jesus orders the spirit to leave the man..


Jesus as a teacher - speaking God's word.   Authority.

Suggested free-use hymns

A Mighty Fortress is our God

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Be Still and Know that I am God

Blest are the Poor in Heart

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

Firmly I Believe and Truly

God Whose Almighty Word

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

King of Glory King of Peace

O Come and Sing to God the Lord - original version

Psalm 94 - Music for Mass setting

Rejoice the Lord is King

Your Hands O Lord in Days of Old

Suggested hymns which may still be copyright

Come Ring out our Joy - Bate

God has Spoken by the Prophets

Silence! Frenzied, Unclean Spirit

Many arrangements of "If today you hear his voice"

Other suggestions are welcome - please leave a comment below.

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