Hymns for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C (31 July 2022)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time in 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 - sometimes in a limited setting.   Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

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

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.


First: Ecclesiastes 1: 2; 2:21-23 - Vanity of vanities.   A man who has laboured must leave what is his own to someone who has not toiled.  What does he gain for his toil?

89 - Lord you have been our refuge from one generation to the next /  You turn men back into dust / You sweep men away like a dream / Make us know the shortness of our life / In the morning, fill us with your love.


94 - O that today you would listen to his voice, harden not your hearts / Come ring out our joy to the Lord / Come in, let us kneel and bend low

Second: Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 - Let your thoughts be on heavenly things - when Christ is revealed, you will be revealed in your glory with him.

Gospel:   Luke 12 : 13-21 - Parable of the rich fool, who built extra barns to store his wealth, but died before he could use them.


Looking towards heaven and eternal life.  Asking what is important to us, and what we value.

Free-use artworks

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

Free-use hymns

All my Hope on God is Founded

All People That on Earth Do Dwell

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

Come let us Sing Unto the Lord
(There are several settings in use that are still copyright - this one is not)

Hail the day that sees Him Rise

I'd Rather Have Jesus than Silver or Gold

In Christ there is no East or West

Jesu the Very Thought of Thee

My God Accept my Heart this Day

O God our Help in Ages Past

O the Beautiful Treasures of Heaven

Psalm 89 - Music for Mass setting

Psalm 94 - Music for Mass setting

Rejoice the Lord is King

Sweet Heart of Jesus

Sweet Saviour Bless Us

Those who Love and Those who Labour

Hymns which may still be copyright

Christ You are the Fullness - Polman

Do Not Store Up Earthly Treasures - Collegeville

Restless is the Heart - Farrell

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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