Hymns for The Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Year A (11 June 2023)

A selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (previously called Corpus Christi), Year A.

Most are "Free-to-use" 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.

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: Deuteronomy 8: 2-3, 14-16 - Moses reminds the people that God fed them in the desert with manna, and brought them out of slavery in Egypt

Psalm: 147 - O praise the Lord Jerusalem / He established peace on your borders / He makes his word known to Jacob.

Second: I Corinthians 10: 16-17 - The blessing cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ ... there is only one loaf - thought there are many of us, we form a single body.

Sequence:   Sing forth, O Zion, sweetly sing ...

Gospel: John 6: 51-58 - I am the living bread come down from heaven ... Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day.


Jesus, bread of life.   Food and drink of eternal life.   Manna in Old Testament times is equivalent to Christ today.

Free-to-use artwork

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

Free-use hymns

Bread for the World - Farrell

In the Breaking of the Bread

Jesus the Bread of Life - Brown

Now in thus Banquet - Haugen

One Bread One Body

Seed, Scattered and Sown - Feiten

Shepherd of our Hearts - Chepponis

The Supper of the Lord - Rosania

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  1. Other suggestions:
    * Beyond the Days (Ricky Manalo)
    * I am the Bread of Life (Suzanne Toolan)
    * One Bread, One Body (John Foley)


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