Hymns for the 4th Sunday in Easter, Year C, Good Shepherd Sunday (8 May 2022) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the  4th Sunday of Easter, 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 - although sometimes in limited circumstances.  Many of these hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that may still be copyright are also included, if they are particularly relevant.


First: Acts 13: 14, 43-52 - Paul and Barnabas preach in Antioch - the Jews reject them, so they turn to the pagans - I have made you a light for the nations so my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.

Psalm: 99 -  We are his people the sheep of his flock / Cry out with joy to the Lord all the earth / Know that he, the Lord is God / Indeed how good is the Lord.

Second: Apocalypse 7: 9, 14-17 - John has a vision of people from every race, nation, tribe etc - standing in front of the Lamb - the Lamb will be their shepherd and lead them to springs of living water.

Gospel:   John 10: 27-30 - The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice - I give them eternal life - the Father and I are one.


Jesus the Good Shepherd

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

All Creatures of our God and King

Awake O Sleeper Rise from Death

Christ Thou Good Shepherd

Come Away to the Skies (especially the last verse)

Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy

In Christ There is no East or West

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

Loving Shepherd of thy Sheep

My Shepherd will Supply my Need - Watts

Saviour Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Shepherd of Souls Refresh and Bless

The Lord's my Shepherd - Crimmond

The King of Love my Shepherd Is

There is a Balm in Gilead

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

We are His People the Sheep of His Flock - Psalm 99   (from Music for Mass)

Hymns which may still be copyright

Christ the Good Shepherd - Hurd (ref)

Come Rejoice Before Your Maker - Baugen

Come Worship the Lord - Talbot

The Lord Fills the Earth With His Love - Inwood

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