Hymns for the 7th Sunday of Easter, Year A (21 May 2023) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A.

"Free-to-use" means the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

Seasonal Note

In some countries, the Ascension is celebrated on a Sunday, while in others it is a mid-week feast and the 7th Sunday of Easter is also observed.  See your local liturgical calendar for details.


First: Acts 1:12-14 - After Jesus ascended, the apostles returned to the upper room and joined in continuous prayer.

Psalm: 26 - I am sure I shall see the Lord's goodness in the land of the living / The Lord is my light and my help / There is one thing I ask of the Lord / O Lord hear my voice when I call.

Second 1 Peter 4:13-16 - If anyone should suffer for being a Christian, then he is not to be ashamed of it - he should thank God that he has been called one.

Gospel: John 17:1-11 - Jesus prayed "Father .. glorify your Son, so that your Son may glorify you ... I have finished the work that you gave me to do  ... I have made your name known  ... I am not in the world an longer, but they are in the world.


Prayer, praising God, living in the world now that Jesus has gone to heaven.

Free-to-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All Creatures of our God and King

Bless the Lord O my Soul

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Fight the Good Fight

God is my Strong Salvation

Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise

How Great is our God

I Cannot Tell

I Know that my Redeemer Lives

If You Believe and I Believe

Lord Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

Lord, Who at Your First Eucharist

O Breathe on my O Breath of God

Psalm 26 - Music for Mass setting

Rejoice the Lord is King

The Head that Once was Crowned with Thorns

We Walk by Faith

Hymns which may still be copyright

Be Glorified - many different settings

Be Still and Know I am with You - Conway

Hear O Lord - Repp

Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments below.

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