Hymns for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B (22 September 2024) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the twenty-fifth 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 that are still be copyright may also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).


First: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20 - The godless condemn a virtuous man to a shameful death, because he will be looked after by God.   

Psalm: 53:   The Lord upholds my life / O God save me by your name

Second: James 3:16 - 4:3 -  Jealousy, ambition, and self-seeking cause disharmony and wickedness.  Wisdom is pure makes for peace - peacemakers sow the seeds of holiness.   Fighting is caused by desire for what people do not have.

Gospel:  Mark 9:30-37   -  The last will be first and the first last - welcoming even a child in God's name is welcoming God.  The disciples had difficulty understanding.


True peace comes from God - but we are God's agents in working for it:   responsibility,
The first will be last and the last will be first - social justice, fairness, integrity, service.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

A New Commandment

At the Name of Jesus

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

How Can I Keep from Singing

How Firm a Foundation

I Bind my Heart this Tide

Jesu Lover of my Soul

Lord make me an Instrument of Peace

My Heavenly Father Watches over Me

O Perfect Love

Psalm 53 - Music for Mass setting

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

Those who Love and Those who Labour

Hymns that may still be copyright

O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us - Dufner

Lord, Help Us Walk Your Servant Way - Stuempfle

Lord Whose Love Through Humble Service - Bayley

Open my Eyes Lord - Manibusan (with bridge)

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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