Hymns for the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (5 February 2023)

A selection of  hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A.

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 of these hymns are old / traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

A small selection of copyright hymns may also be included if they are particularly appropriate.


First:  Isaiah 58: 7-10 - Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the homeless poor ... your integrity will go before you ... cry and the Lord will answer ... your light will rise in the darkness.

Psalm 111 - The good man is a light in the darkness for the upright / The just man will never waver / With a steadfast heart he will no fear.

Second: I Corinthians 2: 1-5 - I came to tell you what God had guaranteed ... the only knowledge I claimed to have was about Jesus, and only about him as the crucified Christ.  ... And I did this so your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God.

Gospel: Matthew 5: 13-16- You are the salt of the earth.  But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again?  ... You are the light of the world:  no one lights a lamp to put it under a tub, they put it on a lampstand to shine for all the household.   Your light must shine in the sight of all.


Christ our light - an the light of the earth.  The church as light in the darkness.

Free-use art

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

Free-use hymns

All Glory be to God on High

God Whose Almighty Word

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Lead Kindly Light

Lord Make me an Instrument of Peace

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

Jesu Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

O Jesus King most Wonderful

Rejoice the Lord is King

This Little Light of Mine

Those who Love and Those who Labour

With all my Powers of Heart and Tongue

Ye Are the Light of the World - Craig

Your Hands O Lord in Days of Old

Hymns which may still be copyright

Bring Forth the Kingdom - Haugen

Christ be our Light - Farrell

Come Let us Sing with Joy to the Lord - Tate

Come Worship the Lord - Talbot

Go Make a Difference - Angrisano and Tomaszek

God is Calling to Us - Feeley

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

I Yahweh (Your God) have Called You - Ryan-Bloore

Lead me Lord  - Becker

Take us as we are O God - Daw

The Lord is my Light - Taizé

We Are the Light of the World - Greif

Walk in the Light - Lundy

What You Hear in the Dark - Schutte

Whatsoever You Do - Jabusch

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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