Hymns for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C (4 September 2022) - Catholic lectionary

Hymns and songs suggestions based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the twenty-third 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 on hymns which are still copyright may also be included, if they 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.


First: Wisdom 9:13-18 - Who can know the intentions of God?  ... Who could have learned you intention, had you not granted Wisdom?

Psalm:  89 - O 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.

Second: Philemon 9:10, 12-17 - Paul sends Onesimus back to the community, not as a slave any more but as a dear brother in Christ.  He asks the community to welcome him.

Gospel:   Luke 14: 25-33 -  Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple ... none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions.


Like Christ, we are called to give up everything to know and serve God.   Self-sacrifice, love, service, seeking wisdom.

Art for this week

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 who would Valiant Be

Be Still my Soul

Draw us in the Spirit's Tether

God is my Strong Salvation

I Bind my Heart This Tide / Thraldom (public domain in the USA, not elsewhere)

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

In Christ There is no East or West

In the Cross of Christ I Glory

Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring

Jesus Lead the Way

Now Thank we all our God

O God our Help in Ages Past

O Jesus I have Promised

O the Beautiful Treasures of Heaven

O Son of God in Galilee  (not clear of copyright in the USA)

Psalm 89 - Music for Mass setting

Take my Life and let it Be

Take up Thy Cross

Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided

We Walk by Faith

Your Hands, O Lord, in Days of Old

Hymns which may still be copyright

Follow Me - Cockett

I am the Light of the World - Strathdee

In Every Age – Whitaker

Lift High the Cross

Lose Your Life and Save It - Collegeville group

O God, for You I Long - Farrell

O Lord, My Good and Gracious God -Tietze

Restless Is the Heart - Farrell

The Summons - Bell

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