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 noteFor Vigil Masses, see the Year A readings.
ReadingsFirst: 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.
ThemesWitnessing 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 hymnsCome 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 copyrightCome 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.