Hymns for the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A (16 July 2023) - Catholic lectionary

Hymn and song suggestions, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for the fifteenth 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 works which are still copyright may also be provided, if these are particularly appropriate.

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: Isaiahn 55: 10-11 - As the rain waters the earth making it yield seed and bread, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty.

Psalm 64 - Some seed fell into rich soil and produced its crop / You care for the earth, give it water / And thus you provide for the earth / You crown the year with your goodness / The hills are girded with joy.

Second: Romans 8: 18-23 - From the beginning till now the entire creation has been groaning in one great act of giving birth and not only creation but all who posesss the first fruits of the Spirit.

Gospel: Matthew 13: 1-23 - The parable of the sower .. for anyone who has will be given more ... happy are your ears because they hear ... the one who received the Word in rich soil understands - he is the one who yields a harvest and produces a hundredfold.


Christ, the sower of God's word in the world.  The first-fruits of the Spirit.  Hearing God's word and responding.

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

Free-use hymns

Ag Críost an Síol

All Creatures of our God and King

Blessed Jesus at Thy Word

For the Beauty of the Earth

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Let There be Light

O God our Help in Ages Past

Only Begotten Word of God Eternal

Praise the Lord of Heaven

Psalm 64 - Music for Mass setting

Psalm 64 - Sunday Psalm setting

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

To Bless the Earth God Sendeth

All Good Gifts (We plough the fields and scatter)

Hymns which may still be copyright

As Earth that is Dry - Conway

Preach You the Word and Plant it Home - Franzmann

Spirit of God - Winter

The Sower - Boniwell (ref)

Unless a Grain of Wheat Shall Fall - Farrell

When Seed Falls on Good Soil - Olsen

Word of God Come Down to Earth - Quinn

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