Hymns for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A (29th Jan 2023) - Catholic lectionary

Hymns and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the 4th 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 hymns that are still copyright may also be included, if these are particular relevant.

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.

Seasonal note

This day sometimes coincides with 1 February which is the feast of St Brigid of Kildare, or 2 February, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.


First: Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13 - Seek the Lord all you humble of the earth .. .in your midst I will leave a humble and lovely people.

Psalm 145 - How happy are the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of heaven / It is the Lord who keeps faith forever / It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind / It is the Lord who loves the just.

Second: I Corinthians 1:26-31 : God chose what is foolish by human reckoning ... God has made members of Christ Jesus and by doing so has become our wisdom, virtue, holiness and freedom.

Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 - The Beatitudes - happy are the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


The Beatitudes, especially blessed are the poor.  Human nothingness without God.

Free-use art

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

Free-use hymns

All Ye Who Seek a Comfort Sure

Alleluia Sing to Jesus (verse 2 in particular)

Amazing Grace

At the Name of Jesus

Blest are the Pure in Heart

Blessed Are the Humble Souls that See

If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee

Jesu the Very Thought of Thee

The Beatitudes - And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain

The Church's One Foundation

Hymns that may still be copyright

Ask and You Will Receive - unknown

O How Blessed - Schutte

Save us O Lord - Dufford

Seek the Lord - McAuley

Seek Ye First - Lafferty

The Beatitudes - Kearney 

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