Hymns for the 6th Sunday of Easter - Year A (14 May 2023) - Catholic lectionary

A selection of  hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the 6th Sunday of Easter, 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. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still subject to copyright may be included, where they are particularly appropriate.


First: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17  - Philip preached in Samaritan town, and converted many - the apostles sent Peter and John to them and prayed for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Spirit.

Psalm: 32 - Cry out with joy to God all the earth / Cry out with joy to God all the earth / Before you all the earth shall bow / He turned the sea into dry land / Come and hear, all who fear God.

Second: I Peter 3:15-18 - Reverence Christ in your hearts .. have your answer ready for those who ask you the reason for your hope ... Christ himself has died for sings - in the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life.

Gospel: John 14:15-21 - I shall ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate ... that spirit of Truth. ... anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them will be one who loves me:  and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father.


Receiving the Spirit - strengthening for the Christian life.  Truth.   The spirit as the source of the message we proclaim.   Looking forward to Pentecost - coming of another advocate.

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

A New Commandment

All Creatures of our God and King

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus

Be Still and Know

Come Thou Almighty King

From all that Dwell Below the Skies

God is Love His the Care

How Great is our God

If You Believe and I Believe

Jesu Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God

O Jesus I have Promised

Psalm 65 - Music for Mass setting

We Walk by Faith

Hymns which may still be copyright

As I Kneel Before You - Parkinson

Come Down O Love Divine
(the words are copyright in most countries, but the most commonly-used tune is not)

I Will Never Forget You

Love is His Word - Connaughton

Unless a Grain of Wheat Shall Fall - Farrell

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