Hymns for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C - Catholic lectionary (30 January 2022)

A selection of hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C.

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 hymns which are still copyright may be included, where these are particularly appropriate.

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.

Seasonal note

This day sometimes coincides with 1 February which is the feast of St Brigid of Kildare, or 2 February, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.


First: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 - Before I formed you ... I knew you.   I have appointed you as a prophet.  I am with you.

Psalm: Psalm 70 - My lips will tell of your help / In you O Lord I take refuge / Be a rock / You are my hope

Second: I Corinthians 12: 31 - 13:13 - Love is patient and kind ... faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.

Gospel: Luke  4: 21-30 - Jesus spoke in the synagogue - a prophet is never accepted in his own country.


The role of the prophet - trusting in God.  Self-sacrifice.

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns


Come O Divine Messiah

God is Love the Heavens Tell it

Love Consecrates the Humblest Act

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

On Jordan's Bank

O God our Help in Ages Past

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

Hymns that may still be copyright

Before the Sun Burned Bright - Schutte

Centre of my Life - Inwood

Gentle as Silence - White

God has Spoken by the Prophets - Briggs

Here in Christ we Gather (God is Love and Where True Love Is) - Quinn

Love (If I am lacking love) - Lundy

Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels - Dudley-Smith

Our God Sent His Son Long Ago - Lundy

Song for a Young Prophet - Lundy

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