Hymns for Pentecost Sunday, Mass during the day, Year B ( 20 May 2018)

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.

Note that many of the suggested hymns for Confirmation are also suitable for Pentecost.


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.


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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