Hymns for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (9 July 2023) - Catholic lectionary

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the fourteenth 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 which are still copyright may also be included, if they are particularly 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.


First: Zechariah 9:9-10 - Rejoice [Israel] .. your king comes to you .. he will proclaim peace for the nations.

Psalm 144 - I will bless your name forever, O God my King / I will give you glory / The Lord is kind and full of compassion / All your creatures shall thank you O Lord / The Lord is faithful in all his words.

Second: Romans 8: 9, 11-13 - The Spirit of God has made his home in you .. he will give life to your own mortal bodies through the spirit living in you ...

Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30 - Jesus blesses the father for hiding things from the learned and revealing them to children .. no one knows the Son except the Father .. come to me all who labour, and I will give you rest .. yes my yoke is easy and my burden is light.


Praise.  God's kindness and compassion.  The spirit of Christ - humility and gentleness.  God as refuge in difficulty

Free-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

All my Hope on God is Founded

All You who Seek a Comfort Sure

Amazing Grace

Be Thou my Vision

Blest are the Pure in Heart

Come Christians Join to Sing

Come to Me all ye that Labor (very likely to now be public domain)

Come You Sinners Poor and Needy

Comfort, Comfort Ye my People (verses 1 and 3)

Forth in Thy Name O Lord I Go

God is Love, the Heavens are Telling

Happy are They - Bridges

How can I Keep from Singing

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

Jesu Lover of my Soul

Lord Jesus Think on Me

Love Divine all Loves Excelling

Now Thank we all Our God

O God our Help in Ages Past

Psalm 144 - Music for Mass setting

Psalm 144 (145) - Sunday Psalm setting

Sweet Heart of Jesus Fount of Love and Mercy

To Jesus Heart all Burning

Hymns which may still be copyright

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

Come to Me (All who labor and are burdened) - Joncas

Come to me all You who Labour - Mayhew

Come to the Water (O let all who thirst) - Foley

I Will Bless the Lord - Hernandez

Meekness and Majesty - Kendrick

You are the Bread of Life - Leckebusch

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1 comment:

  1. Hi friends, I started collecting hymnbooks in 1974 and have literally hundreds of them. Currently I am in a process of digitizing and pdf-ing them to an interactive database. Over the years I made a list of all readings the Catholic church uses in all daily liturgies and matched them with songs based on the text. I composed music for all the common liturgies and recently updated it according to the new translation. I also have a Latin version of it. All my materials were published by the Holy Measures Ltd. and they were transferred to public domain last year. Here are my arrangements of some traditional Catholic hymns in a modernist fashion. Please search Spotify or iTunes for: "Catholic Hymnbook Jumpstarted" take a listen and let me know if you'd be interested in anything of what I can offer. Thanks! Les Blachut


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