Hymns for the 4th Sunday of Easter, Year B - Good Shepherd Sunday

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the 4th Sunday of Easter, 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, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

Seasonal note

The fourth Sunday of Easter is known as "Good Shepherd Sunday", because the day's gospel reading is from the John 10, which describes Christ as the Good Shepherd who, by dying on the Cross, lays down his life for his sheep. In some countries, the day is marked as Vocations Sunday, when people are asked to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

In 2015, ANZAC Day also falls on this Sunday.






Readings

First: Acts 4 - Peter tells the rulers and elders that his healing are in the name of Jesus the Nazarene - the stone the builders rejected becomes the cornerstone - this is the only name by which we can be saved..

Psalm 117 - The stone which the builders rejected becomes the cornerstone chosen / give thanks to the Lord for he is good / I will thank you for you have given answer / Blessed in the name of the Lord is He who comes .

Second  I John 3 - We are already the children of God, but what we are to be in the future is not yet revealed.

Gospel: John 10 - Jesus says "I am the good shepherd, the one who lays his life down for his people ... I know my own, and they know me".



Themes

The Good Shepherd.   Sacrifice.   Jesus' love for us.  Recognising God in Jesus.



Suggested free-use hymns


Lord Thy Word Abideth

Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep

My Shepherd Will Supply my Need

Psalm 117 - Music for Mass setting

Shepherd of Souls Refresh and Bless




Hymns which may still be copyright

A Single Unmatched Stone - Troeger

Because the Lord is my Shepherd - Walker

Gift of Finest Wheat - Westendorf

Good Shepherd You Know us You Call us By Name - Idle

I Will Sing the Wondrous Story - Rowley

Jesus Shepherd of Our Souls - Kaan

Lord You are Both Lamb and Shepherd - Dunstan

My Shepherd is the Lord - The Grail

Shepherd Me O God - Haugen



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

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