Hymn for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C (23 Oct 2022) - Catholic lectionary

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

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), meaning that 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 of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.  A selection of hymns that 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: Sirach / Eccelesiastisus 35 12-14, 16-19  - The Lord is a God of justice, who knows no favourites. ... he hears the cry of the oppressed. The one who serves God willingly is heard; ... The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds.

Psalm 34:   The Lord hears the cry of the poor / I will bless the Lord at all times; / The Lord confronts the evildoers, / The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;

Second:  II Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18 - I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. ... the Lord stood by me and gave me strength,so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. ... The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom.

Gospel: Luke 18:9-14 - Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector / Publican


The Lord as righteous and only judge. Justice, social concern.


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

Free-use hymns

Amazing Grace

Blest Are the Pure in Heart

Faith of Our Fathers

Fight the Good Fight with all thy Might

God is Love, His the Care

How Firm a Foundation

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

In Christ There Is No East or West

Jesu Lover of my Soul

Joyful Joyful we Adore You

King of Glory, King of Peace

Lord Jesus Think on Me

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Psalm 33 - Music for Mass setting

Out of the Depths

Simple Gifts

Hymns which may still be copyright

Freely, Freely - Owens

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

Look Around You can You See - Page Clarke

My Soul is Longing for Your Peace - Deiss

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  1. Fight the good fight with all thy might as recessional

  2. Hymn suggestion: Only This I Want (Dan Shutte)


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