Hymns for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

A selection of hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), so the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that may still be copyright are also included, if these are particularly relevant.






Readings

First: Isaiah 43: 18-19, 21-22, 24-25 -  the Lord says "see I am making a new road in the wilderness ...  I must blot out everything and not remember your sins."

Psalm 40 - Heal my soul, for I have sinned against you / Happy the man who considers and the poor and the weak / The Lord will help him on his bed of pain / If you uphold me, I shall be unharmed.

Second: II Corinthians 1:18-22  - Jesus was always Yes - it is through his that we answer Amen to the praise of God.

Gospel: Mark 2:1-22 - The paralytic man could not be taken to Jesus through the crowds, so his friends lowered him in through an opening in the roof - Jesus proves that he .has the authority to forgive sins by ordering the man to pick up his stretcher and walk.


Themes

Jesus forgives our sins.   Saying "yes" to the Lord.   Faith.


Suggested artwork

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


Suggested free-use hymns

Amazing Grace

Come, Let Us to the Lord Our God

Come You Sinners Poor and Needy

O Love of God, How Strong and True

Suggested hymns which may still be copyright

Behold the Lamb of God - Lundy

Christ is our King - White (esp verse 5)

Father of Mercy, God of Consolation - Quinn

Freely Freely - Ownes

Great God of Mercy - Quinn

Healer of our Every Ill - Haugen

Hear our Entreaties Lord

I Will Sweep Away your Transgressions - Salo

Lay Your Hands - Landry

Lord for the Years - Dudley-Smith

Our Father We Have Wandered - Nichols

Praise the One who Breaks the Darkness - Edwards

The Summons - Bell



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


Resources for church-music selection

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