Hymns for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B (29 August 2021)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the twenty-second 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).


First: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8:   "You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it; that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you."

Psalm: 14 - The just will live in the presence of the Lord / Lord who shall dwell on your holy mountain

Second: James 1:17-18, 21-22,27 -  live true to the true Law

Gospel:  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15,21-23 -  The Pharisees challenge Jesus because his disciples don't follow their interpretation of the law.  Jesus condemns them for their hypocrisy and use (abuse) of God's Law to oppress people. He lists the things that defile people, knowing that some of these sins were being committed by his listeners.


God's Law is wisdom and truth, doing God's will rather than human traditions.   Keeping the commandments - living by God's word.

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

A New Commandment

Blest are the Poor in Heart

God is Love (and the one who lives in love)

God is love the Heavens tell It

God is Love, his the Care

Hark, my soul, it is the Lord

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Love the Lord your God

Psalm 14 - Music for Mass setting

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

The King of Love my Shepherd Is

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

Those who Love and Those who Labour

We Walk by Faith

Hymns that are / may still be copyright

As a Chalice Cast in Gold - Troeger

Creator of the Day - Hodgetts

In the Faith of Christ - Walker

Let the Word Make a Home in Your Heart - The Grail / Collegeville

The Temple of the Living God - Forster

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.

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