Where to find music suggestions for church services

There are many resources that can be used to choose music to use in regular church services.

This is a list of the major resources providing English-language suggestions

It is grouped by denomination, and also shows the national focus of each list.

Roman Catholic

  • St Louis Jesuits Sunday web-site
    The Music of Sunday's Mass page has some helpful links, including "Sunday's music in parishes" which lists the music being used in a number of American parishes each week.

  • Canadian Bishop's Conference:
Suggestions from the Canadian Book of Worship

  • CanticaNOVA publications 
    Music and liturgical suggestions for Year A,  Year B   and Year C, from an American company specialising in quality / traditional music.  Strong emphasis on Latin and official texts.

  • Liturgy Music Planner
    A set of suggestions from the Archdiocese of Southwark, in England.   Includes traditional hymns, and also more popular folk-hymn genre suggestions.
    (Look for an up-do-date link in the lower-left side on their page)

  • Word to Worship
    Website set up by an American software engineer and volunteer worship leader, giving scripture-linked suggestions for contemporary style songs and hymns based on the day's readings.  The approach (list all songs tagged for any of the day's readings) sometimes gives odd suggestions   (eg "O Come O Come Emmanuel" for the Transfiguration in August).

  • Ignatius Pew Missal
    Short lists of suggestions from an American missal publisher, whose listings include the "Propers", ie entrance and Communion antiphons.     Mainly traditional hymns.

    • Voices As One
      Suggestions from a American publications company, focusing on the contemporary Christian music (CCM) genre.

    • Music Repertoire Suggestions 
      Suggestions from the Diocese of Wollongong in Australia, from a Core Repertoire they have established. Based on the readings and the Propers / Antiphons for the day.
    • Liturgical Song
      A replacement site for Music Repertoire Suggestions, produced by the former director of music fore the Diocese of Wollongong  (may not be being updated).

    • Music for Liturgy 
      Suggestions from the Diocese of Auckland, New Zealand.   Includes Maori and English language suggestions.

    • Free-use Sunday Hymn Suggestions  
      This site's own listing of hymns that match the Sunday reading themes.  Based in Ireland, includes suggestions ideas from any  English-speaking sources.

    Psalms and service music

    • Music for Mass  
      Settings of the psalm and gospel acclamation produced by a musician in the United Kingdom.   Includes settings for both UK and US approved scripture translations. Focuses on simple, singable tunes.

    • Bear Music
      Settings of the Psalms and other antiphons from a liturgist-composer based in the UK. 

    • Modern Psalter
      Contemporary settings of the psalms, verbatim from the Catholic lectionary and designed for liturgical use.  They are written by a volunteer team with members in the UK, US, Indonesia and possibly elsewhere.  Each psalm-setting has a PDF songsheet and MP3 recording.

    • PraySing Ministry
      Settings of the Psalms from the Phillipines.  Some in Tagalog, some in English.

        Resources that don't offer hymn suggestions directly, but provide information about the day's readings and other prayers include:
        • The Directory on Homelitics
          A listing of key themes from the readings, and links to Catechism sections related to them.  
          More about it, including links.

        Anglican / Episcopalian / Church of England-Ireland-Scotland

        • Oremus Hymnal
          A hymnal-based site that aimed to be "the comprehensive source of information about the extensive tradition of Anglican and English-language hymnody".
          The main site has now been removed, but music suggestions based on the Revised Common Lectionary remain (although none of the links work):
          Year A
          Year B
          Year C



        • LCA Worship Planner  Produced by the Lutheran Church of Australia, this is described as "Everything lay-readers need to prepare worship" - including hymn suggestions.

        Non-denominational RCL-based resources

        • Singing from the LectionaryA blog with weekly song, hymn and recorded music suggestions and resources for worship - based on the Revised Common Lectionary.
          Based on  suggestions made to a Uniting Church, by a person with a background in Methodist hymn-singing, Scripture in Song, Praise and Worship bands, African American Gospel, Taize, Iona and African song, American hymnody and Sacred Harp singing, and the Catholic Mass and cantored Psalms, who aims for songs that are beautiful, intelligent, and inclusive.

        • The Text This Week
          Providing "a wide variety of resources for study and liturgy based on the 3-year Revised Common Lectionary" cycle.  It presents "a diverse variety of resources for scripture study, reflection and liturgy, and purposefully do not restrict the resources to any particular theological/ideological position".  Does not include music suggestions specifically - but does include an index to sources of artwork and also movies.

        • The Billabong
          Prepared by a retired Australian Uniting Church minister, this site has reflections and hymns suggestsions for each week, based on the Revised Common Lectionary.

        • reWorship
          A set of scriptural resources, suitable for Lectionary and non-Lectionary worship, prepared by an Assistant Professor of Worship and Music, Canadian Mennonite University.

        • Together to Celebrate
          Prepared by an Australian member of the Uniting Church, who has a background in children's youth and family ministry, and hymn-book editing.
        • Forest Refuge Lectionary MusicA set of RCL-organised resources prepared by a classically-trained American musician with substantial experience in Latin America.

        This is not a complete list: if you know other websites that could be included, please leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.

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            1. Hi David - to be honest, I hadn't considered that.

              If you mean the regular (NO) Mass in Latin, then the lectionary used is the same, so the hymn suggestions here would still apply

              If you mean the Extra-ordinary form (EF), then the one-year lectionaray cycle is used. It's not something I've had to investigate - I don't even know where to find the specified readings or any hymn-suggestions for this on-line. However I do know that many musicians playing for EF Masses do not use hymns at all, so suspect that a list would not be widely used.

              You may find that a request posted to the CCMA discussion forum (https://forum.musicasacra.com/forum/discussion) gets some suggestions.


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