Hymns for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B (5 September 2021)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the twenty-third 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: Isaiah 35:4-7 - Do not be afraid, your God is coming:  eyes will be opened, water gushes in the desert

Psalm: 145 - My soul give praise to the Lord / It is the Lord who keeps faith forever

Second: James 2:1-5:   rich vs poor man comes into the synagogue - the worldly poor are chosen by God

Gospel: Mark 7:31-37 - Jesus healed the deaf man with the command "be opened" - people admired him.


Openness to God's commandments, healing, unlikely people as the chosen ones, spiritual and material care for the poor.

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

All my Hope on God is Founded

Amazing Grace

God is Love, his the Care

God Is My Strong Salvation

I Know that my Redeemer Lives

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

O Son of God in Galilee  (not free-use in the USA, but is in countries with shorter copyright periods).

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

We Walk by Faith

(Your Hands / Thine Arm) O Lord, in Days of Old 

Hymns which may still be copyright

A Year of God's Favour - Dufner

Flow River Flow - Hurd

God is our Strength from Days of Old - Forster

O God for You I Long - Farrell

O Lord, My Good and Gracious God -Tietze

Open our Ears Lord - Cull

When the King shall Come Again - Idle  (esp verse 3)

With all my Heart I Cry - Collegeville

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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