Hymns for the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B (4 February 2018)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the fifth 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.


First: Job 7 - Is not ... life on earth nothing more than pressed service?  ....  Restlessly I fret 'till twilight falls ... swifter than a weaver's shuttle my days have passed.

Psalm: 146 - Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted / Praise the Lord for he is good / The Lord builds up Jerusalem / Our Lord is great and almighty.

Second: I Corinthians 9 - Paul says "I should be punished if I did not preach the Gospel ... I have made myself the slave of everyone so as to win as many as I could ....

Gospel: Mark 1 -Jesus heals:  firstly Simon's mother-in-law of a fever, and then many in the town who were suffering diseases or posessed.   Then he goes to a lonely place to pray - and then to the neighbouring towns to preach there too.


Jesus as healer - heals the broken so they are free to serve God and God's people.  The pain of suffering.  The hope which healing brings.   Without Christ, our lives are like drudgery.

Suggested artwork

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

Suggested free-use hymns

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Balm in Gilead

Be Still and Know that I am God

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Jesu Lover of my Soul

O God our Help in Ages Past

O Praise ye the Lord

O Worship the King

Psalm 146 - Music for Mass setting

Your Hands O Lord in Days of Old

Suggested hymns that are / maybe copyright

Healer of Every Ill - Haugen

Healer of the Sick - Leftley

Lay Your Hands - Landry

The Lord will Heal the Broken Heart - Lawton

We Cannot Measure How You Heal - Bell

We come to You for Healing Lord - Stuempfle

Other suggestions are welcome - please leave a comment below.

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