Hymns for Pentecost Sunday (Mass during the day), Year B

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for Pentecost Sunday, Year B (Mass during the day).

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

For Vigil Masses, see the Year A readings.




Readings

First: Acts 2 - The Holy Spirit comes to the apostles, they receive the gift of speaking in many languages and the on-lookers are amazed to hear the apostles speak in then.

Psalm 103 - Send forth your Spirit O Lord and renew the face of the earth / Bless the Lord my soul / You take back your Spirit they die / May the glory of the Lord last forever.

Second:  Galatians 5 - Die to self-indulence and live according to the fruits of the Holy Spirit, viz, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Sequence:  Holy Spirit, Lord of Light

Gospel: John 15-16 - Jesus tells the disciples that the Spirit of truth will come to them and lead them to the complete truth.
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Themes

Witnessing to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.   God's love.  The coming of the Holy Spirit.   God's Spirit living in us.  Truth.


Suggested free-use hymns

Come and Fill this Temple

Come Down O Love Divine

Come Holy Ghost Creator Blest

Come Holy Ghost Creator Come

Draw us in the Spirit's Tether

Fruit Bearing:  If ye then with Christ be Risen

Hail Thee Festive Day

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine

If You Believe and I Believe

Joy Because the Circling Year

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

O Breathe on me O Breath of God

Veni Creator Spiritus

Veni Lumen Cordium


Hymns which are or may still be copyright

Come and Fill this Temple - Lawton

Creator Spirit Lord of Grace - Quinn

Come, O Holy Spirit Come - Alstott - is a setting of the Pewntecost Sequence to the tune ODE TO JOY

Go Tell Everyone - Dale/Richards

Holy Spirit Come into our Lives

Jesus Christ is Waiting - Bell

Lord Send out Your Spirit - Zsigray

O Holy Spirit by Whose Breath - John W Grant

On Pentecost they Gathered - Huber

Of all the Spirit's Gifts to Me - Pratt-Green

One Bread One Body - Foley

Send Forth Your Spirit O Lord - Rizza or Nazareth

Shine Jesus Shine - Kendrick

Spirit Blowing Through Creation - Haugen

Spirit of the Living God - Inverson

This Is the Day When Light Was First Created - Kaan

When God the Spirit Came - Dudley-Smith



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

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