Hymns for the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the twentieth 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.


First: Jeremiah - the prophet Jeremiah is thrown into a well to die - but Ebed-melech interceded with the king, who had him rescued.

Psalm: 39 - Lord come to my aid / I waited for the Lord / He drew me from the deadly pit / He put a new song into my mouth

Second: Hebrews - We should throw off anything that hinders - especially sin - and keep running steadily in the race.   Let us not lose sight of Jesus.

Gospel:   Luke - I am here to bring divisiion - households will be divided against themselves - sons against fathers, mothers against daughters.


God as our protector in times of difficulty.   The Christian life is not easy - solidarity, strength for the journey.  Setting the world on fire.

Art for this week

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

Free-use hymns

A Mighty Fortress is our God

All my Hope on God is Founded

Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round

Fight the Good Fight

Holy God we Praise Thy Name

How Firm a Foundation

I have Decided to Follow Jesus

In Christ there is no East or West

Lift up your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

My Song is Love Unknown

Psalm 39 - Music for Mass setting

O God our Help in Ages Past

Sing Praise to God who Reigns Above

Take up Thy/Your Cross 

The Church's One Foundation

What Wondrous Love is This

Hymns which may still be copyright

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

Resources for church-music selection

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