Hymns for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B (16 June 2024) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the eleventh Sunday of Ordinary time, Year B.

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).

Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First: Ezekiel 17:22-24 - Prophesy that the Lord will take a shoot from the highest branch of the cedar and plant it on the high mountain of Israel.

Psalm 91 - It is good to give you thanks O Lord / The just will flourish like the palm-tree / planted in the house of the Lord they will flourish.

Second: Corinthians 5:6-10 - Whether we are living in the body or exiled from it, we are intent on pleasing the Lord.

Gospel: Mark 4:26-34 - Jesus tells parables describing the Kingdom of heaven -  the Parable of the Sower in which the kingdom is like the harvest, and the Parable of the a Mustard Seed.

Free-use artwork

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


Jesus as the cedar of Lebanon.  The Church, planted by God.   Humble beginnings.  Growth in the Kingdom.  Co-operating with God's work - making our home in God.  God at work expanding the Kingdom like a mighty tree, built on Jesus.

Free-use hymns

Come Ye Thankful People

For the Beauty of the Earth

I Cannot Tell

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Psalm 91 - Music for Mass setting

The Church's One Foundation

To Do Your Will

We are Gathering Together Unto Him

We Plow the Fields and Scatter

We Walk by Faith

Hymns that are or may be copyright

Canticle of the Sun - Haugen

In this Place Your Word is Planted - Dufner

Lord God and Maker of all Things

Preach You the Word and Plant it Home - Franzmann

Seed Scattered and Sown - Feiten

Song of the Mustard Seed - Hopson

Sow the Word - Janco / Zavelli

The Kingdom of God - Grindal

The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy - Rees

What Shall We Say God’s Realm Is Like - Dalles

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